Man Arrested on Suspicion of Evasion and Assault With a Deadly Weapon on an Officer

September 4, 2018 Updated: September 4, 2018

A 38-year-old Berkeley resident and parolee was arrested on the night of Aug. 31, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, among other alleged crimes after police said he nearly struck an officer with his car while trying to flee them.

A Pacifica police sergeant saw a black sedan with no front right tire releasing sparks and smoke while driving south on Highway 1 at approximately 9:10 p.m., according to a Pacifica police news release. After police tried to stop the car, the suspect, identified as Jason Tarrant, allegedly accelerated to 70 mph and tried to flee.

The car eventually stalled at Rosita Road and Adobe Drive. When officers approached him, the suspect refused to exit and kept trying to re-start the car, according to police. Once he was able to accelerate again, he turned sharply to the right toward a K9 handler and his partner. The officer narrowly avoided the car, which would have pinned him to nearby objects.

The vehicle became stuck after striking several objects, and officers were able to get the suspect out of the car. Tarrant was arrested on suspicion of evasion, assault with a deadly weapon and possession of burglary tools. He was also found to be on parole for felony burglary and placed on a parole hold.

By Nuria Marquez