Joseph Marroquin Charged After High-Speed Chase Ends in Collision with Police Vehicle
Stockton - Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that Joseph Marroquin, age 40, was arraigned on a complaint charging him with the following crimes:
Penal Code §245(a)(1) - Assault with a Deadly Weapon: Motor Vehicle
Penal Code §245(a)(4) - Assault with Force Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury
Vehicle Code § 2800.2 - Felony Evading a Police Officer (2 separate counts)
Vehicle Code § 2800.4 - Felony Evading a Police Officer -Opposite Direction
Penal Code §245(a)(1) - Assault on A Police Officer
Penal Code §148 - Resisting Arrest - Misdemeanor
Health & Safety Code §11377(a) - Possession of Methamphetamine - Misdemeanor
Vehicle Code § 23152(f) - Driving Under the Influence of Drugs -Misdemeanor
These charges stem from a series of events spanning two course of two days. According to official records, on May 17, 2020, a male driving a white Dodge Ram pick-up truck started to follow the victim and his minor relatives who were in a Mercedes. For unknown reasons, the Dodge pick-up struck the Mercedes approximately three times, fortunately no one was injured. The victim drove directly to the Stockton Police Department to report the incident and was able to provide a description of the truck.
On May 18, 2020, Stockton Police officers located a Dodge pick-up truck and set up surveillance. Joseph Marroquin was observed entering the truck and led the police on a chase which was ultimately abandoned due to its high risk. California Highway Patrol (CHP) was able to engage the vehicle and another pursuit ensued. The suspect at some point rammed a CHP patrol unit that was stopped along the right shoulder of the road. In order to protect innocent citizens, CHP officers deployed a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) to disable the vehicle and bring the chase to a safe end. The suspect ran from officers but was immediately apprehended.
"During this pandemic, the citizens of San Joaquin County have been doing their part to stay-at-home and socially distance, Joseph Marroquin clearly has not," said District Attorney Salazar. "This is an individual with no regard for the safety of others, and this office will prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law. We are grateful that no citizens or law enforcement officers were injured as a result of this dangerous conduct."
The honorable Michael Mulvihill set Joseph Marroquin's bail at $1.4 million for these charges. He will next appear in court on June 26, 2020 for a preliminary hearing.