Video: Calif. officer mowed down while trying to break up sideshow

The officer was transported to a hospital with serious injuries, including broken bones and cuts to his head and body

By Sarah Ravani
San Francisco Chronicle

RICHMOND, Calif. — A Richmond police officer was nearly flattened during an illegal weekend sideshow Sunday, authorities said, leading to the arrest of two teens — one of whom was charged with attempted murder.

The officer, an eight-year veteran of the Richmond Police Department, was transported to the hospital after suffering serious injuries that included broken bones and cuts to his head and body, said Lt. Felix Tan.

The impact caused the officer to slide onto the hood and windshield before falling onto the road, Tan said.

Juan Vargas, 18, was arrested on attempted murder charges and his companion, Genesis Diaz-Castaneda, 18, was arrested on conspiracy charges.

The incident occurred about 1:20 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Marina Bay Parkway and Regatta Boulevard, Tan said. Officers arrived at the scene and discovered about 50 cars participating in an illegal sideshow, Tan said.

As police attempted to stop cars for vehicle violations, Vargas allegedly accelerated toward an officer who was on foot and rammed into him, Tan said.

Vargas and Diaz-Castaneda were booked at the Martinez Detention Facility. Vargas’ bail is set at $600,000, while Diaz-Castaneda’s bail is $270,000.


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