Santa Paula man arrested, Ventura PD Officer injured in foot pursuit
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: September 18, 2013
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Times
A Ventura Police officer suffered a head injury during a foot pursuit he had with a Santa Paula man allegedly involved in narcotics activity, according to a Ventura Police statement that noted that the same officer captured the suspect.
The incident occurred Tuesday, September 10, when Ventura Police officers responded to a call reporting subjects involved in drug activity near a parked vehicle in the 1600 block of Tapir Circle near the Todd Ranch condominium complex. Upon the arrival of the first officer, a man fled from the vehicle and the VPD patrol officer exited his patrol car and chased the suspect on foot into a nearby ravine.
While the officer was pursuing the suspect “He lost his footing on the rocky floor of the ravine and fell, striking his head on a rock,” but, noted the VPD statement, “The patrol officer managed to continue the foot pursuit.” The officer caught the suspect as he was climbing the embankment on the other side of the ravine and took him into custody without further incident.
Officers searched the vehicle of the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Jorge Garcia of Santa Paula, and found a loaded handgun. Officers also located narcotics on the ground nearby.
Garcia was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest resulting in injury to a peace officer. The unidentified Ventura Police patrol officer was treated for his injuries at Ventura County Medical Center and released.