Suspect arrested for sideshow in San Leandro area

- A man was arrested on suspicion of battery on a peace officer for allegedly injuring an officer who responded to a sideshow in unincorporated San Leandro early this morning, authorities said.

Officers responded to the area of 167th Avenue and Los Banos Street near Interstate Highway 580 at about 4:30 a.m. today after receiving a report of illegal sideshow activity there, California Highway Patrol Lt. Stephen Perea said.

Perea said officers found a suspect, later identified as 37-year-old Mario Alberto Ramos Medina of San Leandro, burning his tires and creating a lot of smoke by doing donuts in his gray pickup truck. Perea said the officers tried to make a traffic stop but Medina fled in his vehicle.

After a short pursuit, Medina crashed his pickup truck into another of his vehicles that was parked in front of his residence in that area, according to Perea.

Medina then fled on foot and kicked a CHP officer, who suffered minor injuries when he was knocked to the ground, Perea said.

Medina continued fleeing on foot but suffered minor injuries when he jumped over a fence and officers were able to arrest him, according to Perea.

The CHP officer who was injured was treated and released at the scene and is expected to make a full recovery, CHP spokesman Officer Dan Jacowitz said.

In addition to battery on a peace officer, Medina, who is being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, felony evasion, and resisting arrest, according to Jacowitz.

Jacowitz said authorities are troubled that Medina lived in the area where the alleged illegal activity occurred and said Medina "pulled this stunt down the street from his own house and crashed into his own vehicle."

Jacowitz said it's unclear if other people were also involved in the sideshow but officers who responded to the scene witnessed Medina driving dangerously.

According to court records, Medina was charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, misdemeanor vandalism and misdemeanor disturbing the peace by loud noise for an incident last Dec. 17.

On April 23, Medina pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor disturbing the peace count and prosecutors agreed to dismiss the other two charges against him.

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