May 28, 2015 5:47 PM by News Staff
A Chico man has pleaded no contest to a felony hit-and-run charge stemming from a collision with a marked Chico Police SUV earlier this month.
Conrado Garcia, 23, was charged with felony hit and run resulting in injury after the vehicle he was driving struck Chico Police Officer Jason Jueckstock's patrol SUV at the intersection of Cypress Street and E. 8th Street in Chico.
The collision left Officer Jueckstock with injuries, and also injured the two passengers in Garcia's Buick LeSabre.
An investigation revealed that Garcia failed to stop for a red light on E. 8th Street and slammed into the side of Jueckstock's SUV. Garcia fled the scene on foot, leaving Officer Jueckstock trapped in his vehicle, and his two passengers in his vehicle. Garcia later admitted to investigators that he knew both his passengers had suffered injuries and that Officer Jueckstock was unable to exit his patrol vehicle.
Jueckstock suffered injuries to his upper lip, and knee, which required stitches, as well as a facial fracture. Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said in a news release, "thankfully Officer Jueckstock happened to be driving a patrol SUV that night, rather than a smaller patrol sedan; as well as his bullet-resistant vest, which helped absorb the impact from the accident."
Garcia turned himself in at the Chico California Highway Patrol office roughly 19 hours after the crash, but because so much time had elapsed, it was not possible to test him for being under the influence of alcohol during the collision.
Garcia, who was already on probation for a prior DUI conviction, will be sentenced on June 24.