A felon who allegedly fled from Riverside police officers and later allowed his vehicle to roll into a police cruiser, prompting the lawmen to open fire, pleaded not guilty Thursday to assault on a peace officer and other charges.
Jeremy Blue Martinez, 31, of Riverside was arrested Sunday following the chase, which culminated in the shooting on Houghton Avenue.
Along with the assault count, Martinez is charged with felony evading and committing a crime while on bail.
He was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge David Gunn, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Monday at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
The judge ordered the defendant held in lieu of $220,000 bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
According to Riverside police Officer Javier Cabrera, Martinez was spotted by a patrol unit driving a silver sedan in the area of Main Street and Russell Avenue at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Officers recognized Martinez as a wanted felon and signaled him to stop, but he floored the car instead, racing northbound, Cabrera alleged.
He said the brief pursuit ended in the 4300 block of Houghton, where the defendant “pulled up a steep driveway to a house” and then jumped out of the car and darted into the residence.
“The car then traveled backward, down the driveway, toward the officers, at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred,” Cabrera said.
The sedan hit a police unit, causing unspecified damage, but no officers were hurt, the police spokesman said. It was unclear whether the officers believed the defendant was still in the vehicle when it rolled down the driveway toward them.
According to Cabrera, the house was surrounded, and everyone inside was ordered out. The occupants complied, along with Martinez, who surrendered without further incident. No one was injured.
There was no information on the felony arrest warrant for the defendant, but court records show he has several unresolved misdemeanor and felony cases pending in Riverside County. He also has a prior conviction for robbery.