Ron Freitas
District Attorney
RON FREITAS District Attorney, San Joaquin County
Protecting Our Community Since 1850 222 E. Weber Avenue, Room 101, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201
T (209) 468-2400 | F (209) 465-0371
News from the Office of District Attorney Ronald J. Freitas
For Immediate Release
September 14, 2023
CONTACT: Lee Neves, Media Consultant
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Defendant Arraigned in Sideshow-Related Incident

Stockton - On Tuesday, September 12, 2023, Richard Fernandez, 36 of Stockton, was arraigned and officially charged with the following: 

  • California Penal Code Section 148.10(A): Resisting a Peace Officer resulting in serious bodily injury or death,  

  • California Vehicle Code Section 2800.2(A): Evading a Peace Officer with wanton disregard for public safety 

  • California Vehicle Code Section 14601.2(A): Driving with a suspended license for drunk driving.   

A San Joaquin County Deputy Sheriff, who was working as part of the County’s Sideshow Suppression Task Force, was seriously injured as a result of a vehicle crash that occurred while pursuing the defendant during this weekend’s operations surrounding a string of sideshows occurring countywide.  Citing public safety concerns, Richard Fernandez is being held without bail.  He returns to court on Tuesday, September 19th.