Judge Maintains $130,000 Bail for Man with Extensive Criminal History, Including Leading Police on High Speed Chase.

By Alex Jimenez 

DUBLIN, CA- After a man led police on a high-speed chase and was found with 700 rounds of ammunition in his car, Judge Jacob Blea struck down any consideration for release out of custody or reduced bail here Friday in Alameda County Superior Court

According to the criminal complaint, the accused was charged with evading an officer with willful disregard, possession of a large capacity magazine, and receiving a stolen vehicle, among other charges.

He is being held on a bench warrant with a petition from the District Attorney to revoke the probation he was already on.

Defense attorney Paul Foster requested the accused be released on his own recognizance based on his lack of criminal history with violent crimes, although it was later discovered that the accused carried several out-of-county cases, to which Foster did not have access.

The defense said the accused would be able to stay with his grandfather if released from custody. “He has strong ties to the community and looking at his criminal history I do not see any prior convictions with serious felonies,” said Foster. 

Deputy District Attorney Scott James Ford asked the court to set bail as scheduled at $130,000 citing “the defendant’s threat to public safety.”

According to Ford, the accused led police on a high-speed chase reaching speeds of 120 miles per hour, weaving in and out of traffic. He also allegedly ran through multiple red lights and stop signs and attempted to flee on foot when the high-speed chase ended.

The DDA said when authorities inspected his car they found several rounds of ammunition, noting, “Based on the defendant’s criminal activity in this case as well as his significant criminal history I don’t think bail reduction is appropriate.”

Defense counsel Foster then asked if bail were to be imposed that it be set at $30,000 because that is what the accused can afford.

Judge Jacob Blea recounted the out-of-county case where the accused was alleged to have fled the scene after a hit and run, along with other cases. Based on his behavior, Judge Blea assessed the accused as a flight risk, probation was revoked and the bail remains at $130,000.

The accused is set to return to court May 17.

About The Author

Alex Jimenez is a 4th year politcal science major at the University of Calfornia, Berkeley. He has future aspirations to attend law school and is from Pleasanton, Ca.

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