Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date May 30, 2005
Contact Sergeant John Capen
Phone (951) 320-8005
Fax (951) 320-8043


Man Injured in Traffic Collision at Conclusion of Police Pursuit

Riverside, Ca- On Monday May 30, 2005, at about 10:50 P.M. A Riverside Police Officer saw a vehicle at the intersection of 3rd and Market Streets without its headlights on. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle but the driver failed to yield initiating a short vehicle pursuit.

During the pursuit the driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, failed to stop for stop signs at two separate intersections and reached speeds in excess of 50 mph before colliding with a traffic signal pole at Orange and 9th Streets. The driver got out of the vehicle, failed to comply with the officers orders, and began running from the scene. The officer gave chase on foot, catching the driver after a few hundred yards.

Again the driver failed to comply with the officer’s orders and began struggling with the officer. As assisting officers arrived, the driver was subdued and handcuffed. As a result of injuries the driver sustained during the traffic collision and the struggle with the officers, the driver lost consciousness. He was subsequently transported via ambulance to Riverside Community Hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

Upon his release from Riverside Community Hospital, criminal charges of PC 69 –Resisting Police Officer, CVC 2800.2 – Evading Police Officer, and CVC 20002 – Hit and Run will be filed. The driver was identified as forty-year-old Michael Sean Taber of Riverside.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is urged to contact Detective Greg Rowe at 951-320-8024 or Detective Dave Smith at 951-320-8062.