A 30-year-old parolee was charged Thursday in a hit-and-run road-rage conflict in Santa Ana that landed one victim in a hospital.
Ricardo Jimenez was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and failing to stop at a hit-and-run accident with injury, both felonies, as well as a misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended or revoked license. Jimenez also faces sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury on the victim.
The conflict happened about 1:10 a.m., Oct. 6, at Strawberry Lane and Sydney Street, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
Jimenez pulled out of a parking lot and cut off two motorists. He pulled over a short distance away, got out of his Infiniti and began arguing with one of the motorists, Bertagna said.
When the motorist of the third car got out of his vehicle, Jimenez got back in his car, drove into one of the victims and drove away, he said.
The victim was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries, he said.
Jimenez pleaded guilty in March last year to leading police on a chase that caused serious bodily injury and was sentenced to three years in prison, according to court records.
Those records also show he pleaded guilty to burglary and stealing a car in August 2016 and was sentenced to two years in prison.
In January 2013, court records show he pleaded guilty to a felony count of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and a misdemeanor count of street terrorism, for which he was sentenced to four years in prison.
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