An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for a 28-year-old probationer who failed to make a scheduled court appearance on charges of ramming a Banning police car while fleeing in a stolen vehicle.
Jessie Edward Robey of Yucaipa was arrested earlier this month following a Banning Police Department investigation.
Robey is charged with assault on a peace officer, felony evading, eluding police, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, vehicle theft and being in possession of controlled substances.
The defendant’s case was slated for a hearing Monday at the Banning Justice Center, but when the matter was called before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Hollenhorst, Robey was nowhere to be found, according to court minutes.
Hollenhorst waited a day before signing a warrant for Robey’s arrest and forfeiting his $60,000 bond.
The defendant’s whereabouts are unknown.
According to Banning police spokeswoman Sol Avila, on the morning of Sept. 14, Robey passed out in the parking lot of a Holiday Inn Express on Ramsey Street, where he had parked an allegedly stolen Honda Civic.
Passers-by saw him slumped over the wheel and called 911, at which point patrol officers converged on the location and attempted to make contact with the defendant, Avila said.
She said when they peered inside the vehicle, officers spotted a handgun near Robey’s lap, prompting one of the patrolman to reach inside and seize it.
The probationer was awakened and allegedly threw the sedan into gear, running into a parked patrol unit with an officer inside, according to Avila.
The lawman was not hurt.
Robey fled the location with another patrol car in pursuit, heading into Cherry Valley, where he plowed into a residential fence, bringing the car chase to a halt. However, the defendant allegedly bailed out and fled on foot, managing to escape the dragnet of Banning police officers and sheriff’s deputies sent to assist, according to Avila.
The Honda was confirmed stolen, and Robey’s identity was soon verified, prompting police to obtain a warrant, Avila said.
He was tracked to a property in Yucaipa, where he was taken into custody without incident almost four weeks later.
According to court records, Robey has a prior conviction for receiving a stolen vehicle.