An unlicensed driver who allegedly backed into a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer during a traffic stop, injuring the lawman, was let out of jail Thursday after posting a $50,000 bond.
Prudencio Xajil Alvarado, 55, was arrested Tuesday morning and booked into the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, driving while intoxicated resulting in injuries and driving without a license.
Alvarado was able to secure bail Thursday morning while his case was pending review by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
According to CHP Officer Javier Navarro, at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, the victim, identified only as a motor officer from the agency’s Riverside office, spotted the suspect’s Nissan Maxima on Indiana Avenue, just south of the Riverside (91) Freeway, and observed an unspecified infraction, prompting the lawman to conduct an enforcement stop.
Alvarado complied, pulling over to the curb, and the motor unit stopped a short distance behind him, Navarro said.
“As the officer began to dismount his motorcycle to contact the driver, Alvarado placed the Nissan into reverse and accelerated toward the officer,” the CHP spokesman said. “The Nissan collided into the motorcycle, disabling it and subsequently causing minor injuries to the officer.”
The officer immediately arrested the suspect without further incident.
“Alvarado displayed objective signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication,” Navarro said.
The officer was treated for his injuries but not hospitalized. The suspect was not hurt.
Background information on Alvarado was unavailable.