Chico Police say a driver trying to engage another motorist in a fight, escalated to trying to run over police officers in the Chico Police Department parking lot after the victim tried to seek help.
Chico Police say at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday the victim was stopped at a stoplight in south Chico, CA. Brian Silva drove a red, Subaru sedan next to the victim at the stoplight and began yelling at the victim for an unknown reason. Silva is unknown to the victim. Silva exited his vehicle and began approaching and threatening the victim. The victim drove away from the stoplight but was pursued by Silva. The victim drove to the Chico Police Department to receive assistance.
The victim drove into the police department parking lot and Silva followed him. The victim exited his vehicle and was confronted by Silva. Silva had armed himself with brass knuckles and was trying to engage the victim in a physical fight.
Officers responded to the parking lot to assist. The officers identified themselves to Silva. Silva returned to his Subaru sedan, and rapidly accelerated toward the officers in the parking lot. Officers were able to get out of Silva's way and avoid being struck by the vehicle. Silva drove out of the parking lot without injuring anyone, and fled the area.
Chico Police officers were able to identify Silva through investigative tactics, and were on the look-out for Silva and his vehicle. Officers located Silva driving the red Subaru sedan on Walnut St near Dayton Rd. A traffic stop was enforced and Silva was placed under arrest. Dayton Rd near Pomona Ave was closed for about 15 minutes as a result of the car stop.
Silva was booked at the Butte County Jail on charges of 245(c) PC, 21810 PC, 422 PC, and 148(a)(1) PC.
The Chico Police Department would like to provide citizens with tips should one find themselves in a similar situation. If someone is chasing you, immediately call 9-1-1. There is an exemption written into the California Vehicle Code regarding the use of cellphone while driving, if the call is made to summon aid during an emergency situation. Stay on the telephone with Police Dispatch to provide your updated location. Drive to a location where one can stay moving but allow officers to catch up. An example would be continuing to drive around a city block until police arrive.