A felon who allegedly fled from Riverside officers and later allowed his vehicle to roll into a police SUV, prompting the lawmen to open fire, must stand trial on assault on a peace officer and other charges, a judge ruled Thursday.
Jeremy Blue Martinez, 31, of Riverside was arrested last month after the chase that culminated with gunfire on Houghton Avenue.
Following a preliminary hearing, Riverside County Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the assault count, as well as felony evading and committing a crime while on bail.
The judge scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for June 17 at the Riverside Hall of Justice and ordered that Martinez remain in custody without bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
According to Officer Javier Cabrera, the defendant was spotted by a patrol unit driving a silver sedan in the area of Main Street and Russell Avenue about 6:30 p.m. on May 16. 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, he said.
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 information was available on the felony arrest warrant for the defendant, but court records show he has several unresolved misdemeanor and felony cases pending in Riverside County that are expected to be consolidated with the current case.
Martinez has a prior conviction for robbery, according to court records.