Attempted traffic stop turns into a pursuit and ends with four arrests in Oxnard

OXNARD, Calif. - An attempted traffic enforcement stop by the Oxnard Police Department turned into a vehicle pursuit and ended with four arrests and one citation in Oxnard Friday night. 

Officers from the Special Enforcement Unit (gang unit) engaged in pursuit at approximately 10:27 pm after a driver later identified as Freddie Avalos failed to stop for a vehicle code infraction in the 1100 Block of S. Oxnard Blvd.

Officials say the pursuit went south through the Cal Gisler Neighborhood and ended in the 4300 Block of Terrace Ave. 

Avalos drove through multiple controlled intersections without slowing down or stopping, according to police. 

Police say that Avalos was apprehended after a brief struggle.

Avalos is on Federal Probation and had a federal warrant issued for his arrest by the U.S. Marshals.

Avalos was additionally charged with a felony evading, resisting a public official with violence or the threat of violence, and felony child endangerment and Avalos' 11-month-old infant was in the vehicle during the pursuit.

Two adult women in the vehicle were also arrested. Vicky Lastimosa who is the mother of the infant was charged with felony child endangerment and Kenya Contreras was arrested for a warrant. 

According to officials, two 17-year-old juveniles were also in the vehicle during the pursuit. One was arrested for a warrant and the other was given a citation for violating her court-ordered probation and then released to her parents. 

Oxnard Police department encourages anyone with information involving criminal activity to contact the department at 805-385-7600. Those who would like to remain anonymous can call the Ventura County Crime Stopper at 800-222-8477 or visit their website.  


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