In a bizarre series of events that began after a collision on Route 94, and ended with an alleged carjacking, a 65-year old man has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs and felony hit-and-run.
Police say a car driven by Selven Parson collided with a sedan and continued on its way. A few minutes later, the car was reported driving west in the eastbound fast lane of the highway when it struck an SUV. At that point, Parson allegedly exited his vehicle and ran down the ramp of the freeway, jumped into a Cadillac, threatened the female driver with a screwdriver, and forced her to drive him for several blocks. He fled the Cadillac, and was discovered a short time later hiding under a parked car.
Because of the injuries to a number of the occupants of one of the vehicles, the hit-and-run charge will be prosecuted as a felony. In addition, we also expect additional charges to be filed, including carjacking and eluding police. The crime of carjacking is set forth in section 215 of the Penal Code. The elements of the offense are:
- the felonious taking of a motor vehicle in the possession of another,
- from his or her person or immediate presence (or from the person or presence of a passenger),
- against his or her will,
- with the intent to permanently or temporarily deprive the person of possession,
- accomplished by force or fear.
Carjacking is a felony punishable by imprisonment for three, five or nine years.
There is also the possibility of a charge of operating a motor vehicle with intent to elude police, which may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony.
As the potential charges mount up, the report may raise more questions than it answers. Specifically, there is no specific information on the reasons why the individual would choose to place his life and the lives of others at risk to avoid a traffic stop. We do, however, expect to hear more on this story as the case unfolds.
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