High-speed pursuit ends in arrest: 22-year-old held on $100K bail

Efren Ezequiel Magaña

On April 2, a Riverside County Superior Court arraignment hearing was held for 22-year-old Blythe local Efren Ezequiel Magaña in relation to alleged felony violations of Penal Code (PC) section 245(c), assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, and Vehicle Code (VC) section 2800.2, evading arrest.

Magaña’s arraignment also heard charges in relation to alleged misdemeanor violations of PC section M32310(a), manufacturing/importing/selling/or possessing a large capacity magazine; VC section M23152(a), driving under the influence; and VC section M23152(b), driving under the influence with a BAC (blood alcohol level) of .08 or higher.

As of this publication’s April 5 deadline, court records do not reflect whether Magaña plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest at the April 2 felony in-custody arraignment.

“On Monday, (March 29, 2021) at about 1:19 a.m., a patrol officer from the Blythe Police Department (BPD) saw a Lexus sedan driving on the wrong side of the road near the area of South 5th Street and East Dekema Street. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the Lexus and contacted the driver who was identified as 22 year-old, Efren Ezequiel Magaña of Blythe,” stated BPD. “The officer noticed obvious signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication on Magaña. Magaña was asked to step out of the Lexus to perform a series of field sobriety tests. Magaña immediately placed the Lexus in drive and fled the area, nearly striking an officer.”

As noted by BPD, responding officers then pursued Magaña through several city streets at high-rates of speed.

“Magaña collided with the chain-link fence on North 7th Street, near the intersection with East Wisconsin Street. Magaña fled the Lexus on foot and was later apprehended without further incident,” stated BPD. “Magaña was arrested for (d)riving under the (i)nfluence of alcohol, evading a peace officer and assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon/instrument among other charges. No injuries were reported as a result of Magaña’s actions. This case remains under investigation and no more information can be released at this time.”

Magaña was arrested on March 29, at 1:40 a.m.

Further, according to jail information, Magaña remains in custody with bail set at $100,000 and a court hearing scheduled for the morning of April 13.

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