FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: OFFICER FRANK HUSTON; 760-839-4423
On November 26th, the owner of a previously reported stolen Toyota Sienna van stated he believed he saw the stolen vehicle in the area of Washington and Broadway. As Escondido Police Officers moved into the area, the driver fled in the stolen van at a high rate of speed east on Washington from the area. The driver began to drive on the wrong side of the road into opposing traffic. The officers did not pursue the vehicle, but followed at a safe speed on the correct side of the road. The van struck a Kia Rio that was being driven by a 60 year old male resident of Escondido westbound on Washington near Date St. After the collision, the driver of the stolen van fled on foot. He was ultimately captured and brought to a local hospital for a minor injury. The driver of the Kia was also taken to a local hospital where he was admitted for serious injuries.
The driver of the stolen vehicle was identified as Richard Berumen, a 38 year old Escondido resident. He will be charged with felony hit and run causing injury, and vehicle theft. Anyone with information concerning this incident is being asked to contact investigating officer Frank Huston at 760-839-4423.
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