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Press Release - UPD Case #23-0715 - Vehicle Pursuit

Date: 04-08-2023 
Location: 1000 block of W. Perkins Street
Incident: Vehicle pursuit, DUI 
Suspect: Marissa Diaz, 27-year-old female of Ukiah 
Violations: 2800.2(a) VC – Reckless evading from Police Officer – Felony
                 4463(a)(1) VC – False registration tabs – Felony
                 14601.2(a) VC – Drive with suspended license – Misdemeanor
                 23152(a) VC – DUI – Misdemeanor
                 23152(b) VC – DUI over .08% – Misdemeanor
                 1203.2(a) VC – Violation of probation – Misdemeanor
                 Warrant – Misdemeanor

On 04/08/2023 at approximately 1:14 AM, a UPD officer was patrolling the 1000 block of W. Perkins 
Street when the officer observed a white Honda Accord, traveling in front of the officer. Records check on the 
vehicle indicated the vehicle’s registration was expired as of two years ago. The officer noticed the vehicle 
displayed a registration tab for this year (2023), leading the officer to believe the registration tab was 
fraudulent. The officer initiated a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle and the vehicle accelerated. The 
vehicle appeared to be trying to evade the officer and a vehicle pursuit was initiated.

The driver of the Honda traveled eastbound across town at speeds as high as 70 mph with a disregard 
for traffic control devices and the public. The vehicle was travelling northbound on N. Orchard Avenue at its 
intersection with Brush Street when the vehicle collided with a cement curb. The vehicle remained in contact 
with the curb for approximately 100 yards and led to extensive damage to the vehicle. A high-risk traffic 
enforcement stop was conducted due to the nature of the crime, and the driver of the vehicle was detained. The 
driver was identified as Marissa Diaz. Diaz displayed objective signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication. A 
records check was conducted for Diaz, and it was determined her driver’s license was suspended/revoked, she 
was on probation, and she had a misdemeanor warrant for her arrest for a violation of her probation. 

Diaz was placed under arrest for the following: Recklessly evading police officers, displaying false 
registration tabs, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended/revoked driver’s license, operating a motor 
vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, violation of probation and for her warrant. Diaz was transported to 
the MCSO Jail after a brief medical clearance at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley. 

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Download: pr_23-0715.pdf