Riverside Police Department
Press Release

 

For Immediate Release

Date April 28, 2002
Contact Sergeant Steve Johnson
Phone (909) 351-6050
Fax (909) 351-6051

 

Carjacking Suspect Arrested After Causing Freeway Collision

 

Riverside, CA Ė A 28 year-old San Bernardino man was arrested after he ordered a woman from her car at the Samís Club Membership Store in Riverside. The woman was not injured. He fled in the vehicle and drove northbound on the 215 Freeway. He caused a felony hit and run traffic collision near the Martin Luther King exit. The stolen car he was driving struck another vehicle resulting in a female occupant sustaining a non-life threatening head injury.

Witnesses to the freeway collision followed the stolen vehicle to a residential neighborhood on El Cerrito Drive where it became disabled. The suspect, later identified as David Paul Eddy, fled on foot and hid in some bushes alongside the roadway. The witnesses were standing in the roadway when an off-duty San Bernardino County Sheriffs Deputy stopped to see if they needed assistance. The witnesses told the deputy about the freeway collision, and directed him to where the suspect was hiding in the bushes. The deputy located the man and arrested him without incident.

Officers learned that Suspect Eddy was on parole. He was transported to Riverside County Regional Medical Center after he complained of shoulder pain and back spasms as a result of the traffic collision. He was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center and is facing pending charges of 215 P.C. Carjacking, 20001 V.C. Felony Hit and Run, and 3056 P. C. Violation of Parole.