Santa Rosa, CA – November 9, 2018 – Defendant
Fabian Flores-Gonzalez, 18 years old of Healdsburg, was sentenced Thursday to one
year in county jail and three years of formal probation for leading officers on
a high speed pursuit and possession of illegal firearms and drugs.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “This defendant placed several motorists in danger
with his reckless driving. Luckily he
was taken into custody without further incident.”
June 13, 2018 at about 12:22 a.m. Officer Craig Smith of the Healdsburg Police
Department was northbound on highway 101 when he observed Flores-Gonzalez
driving on the highway at a high rate of speed.
Officer Smith initiated a traffic stop and Flores-Gonzalez exited at the
Dry Creek Road off ramp. Flores-Gonzalez
stopped his vehicle near the bottom of the ramp and Officer Smith gave him
further instructions to turn off the roadway.
Flores-Gonzalez, however, ignored the instruction and drove back up the
on ramp and merged onto the highway.
Flores-Gonzalez reached speeds of up to 93 miles per hour as Officer
Smith and other Healdsburg officers joined the pursuit. After swerving across the highway Flores-Gonzalez
slowed rapidly and entered the grassy median.
When it appeared that Flores-Gonzalez was going to enter the southbound
lanes, Officer Smith used his patrol vehicle to block his path of travel.
Flores-Gonzalez was blocked he exited his vehicle and ran across the southbound
lanes of highway 101 carrying a duffle bag.
Officer Smith immediately set off on a foot pursuit. Officer Smith caught up with Flores-Gonzalez
and tackled him on the steep grassy slope off the shoulder of the highway. Flores-Gonzalez was then placed in handcuffs.
search of the duffle bag that Flores-Gonzalez was carrying contained an illegal
short barrel semi-automatic firearm and a loaded revolver. A further search of his vehicle revealed some
marijuana and a quarter pound of hallucinogenic mushrooms. Also recovered from the vehicle’s trunk was a
small safe containing $19,400 in cash.
pled no contest to felony evading, felony possession of an illegal rifle, and
felony possession of narcotics for sale and was sentenced to serve a year in
county jail and three years of felony formal probation.
case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Thomas Gotshall. Officer
Craig Smith of the Healdsburg Police Department headed the investigation.