Fernandez, Chapa led police on chase as well

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

A San Diego man remained behind bars Tuesday, after he and his sister allegedly assaulted several San Diego police officers over the weekend.

According to San Diego Police Department reports, officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a four-door Cadillac Sedan in the 500 block of North Dunlap Street shortly after 10 p.m. Friday.

The driver of the vehicle allegedly refused to comply with the officers' commands to stop, and led the police on a pursuit that ended a short time later when the vehicle finally came to a stop in the 100 block of West Dix Street.

Officers reportedly drew their weapons and ordered the driver to exit the vehicle, but when the driver exited the car he allegedly began walking toward the officers in a threatening manner.

The officers holstered their weapons and attempted to arrest the driver, but were forced to wrestle him to the ground when he began resisting arrest, according to reports.

The driver, identified as Florentino Chapa, 20, of San Diego, was arrested, handcuffed and placed in the back seat of a patrol car.

Following his arrest, a sister of Chapa's, identified in reports as Leesandra Fernandez, 26, approached the officers and allegedly demanded his release.

While the officers were speaking with Fernandez, Chapa reportedly began attempting to kick out the rear windows of the patrol car. When officers attempted to stop Chapa from kicking at the windows, Fernandez allegedly attempted to prevent them from approaching the vehicle.

Officers attempted to place Fernandez under arrest for interfering with their duties, and she allegedly began kicking several of the officers. She was eventually restrained and arrested. She was charged with interfering with the duties of a public servant and resisting arrest.

Officers reported smelling a strong smell of alcohol on Chapa's breath at the time of his arrest, and discovered open cans of beer in the front seat of the Cadillac sedan following his arrest.

Fernandez was transported to the CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice after complaining of a pre-existing medical condition. She was released to medical personnel for examination at the hospital, department officials said Tuesday.

Chapa was arrested and charged with driving under the influence by a minor, evading arrest with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, resisting transport and retaliation. He remained in the Duval County jail Tuesday on $5,500 bond.