Juan Vargas, 18, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer in connection an incident early Sunday when a Richmond cop was struck and injured by a vehicle while trying to break up a sideshow, police said Monday.
Also, 18-year-old Genesis Diaz-Castaneda was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy in connection with the incident, which occurred at Marina Bay Parkway just north of Regatta Boulevard about 1:20 a.m.
Officers responding to the several calls about the sideshow found 40 to 50 cars spinning “donuts” and screeching tires, Richmond police spokesman Lt. Felix Tan said. As officers stopped cars for code violations, a car “accelerated toward one of our officers who was on foot,” Tan said.
“The car struck the officer which caused the officer to slide onto the hood and windshield area,” police said. “The car continued southbound on Marina Bay Parkway leaving the injured officer in the middle of the roadway.”
The officer, an eight-year veteran of the department, suffered broken bones and other serious injuries and is recovering, Tan said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the department’s traffic unit Sgt. Pomeroy at (510) 621-1578.
Bay City News contributed to this report