Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Parolee Assaults CHP Officer

On March 8, 2009, at approximately 12:55 p.m., CHP dispatch received several calls of a reckless vehicle on northbound SR-51 (Capital City Freeway) south of Watt Avenue. Callers stated the driver was driving at a high rate of speed, using all lanes and driving in the center divider. The vehicle described as a green Mazda Tribute, then struck two separate vehicles just south of Watt Avenue. After the two collisions, the Mazda became disabled and both occupants (father and son) along with a pit bull dog got out of their vehicle and began to walk northbound on the shoulder. The father and son were arguing and separated from each other. A CHP Officer contacted the father, Junius Tillman, and detained him. CHP Officer Divecchia and Lumsargis contacted the son. Andreas Tillman, north of that location. The Officers ordered Andreas to put his hands up and he continued to ignore the Officers commands. Andreas told his dog to attach the Officers. The Officers deployed their tazers striking Andreas; however, the tazer did not faze him. As Officer Divecchia was placing a new cartridge in his tazer, his tazer deployed striking his hand. As this was occurring, Andreas was able to strike Officer Lumsargis in the head, knocking him unconscious. A broadcast of 11-99 was then put out.

Numerous Officers arrived in the area and located Andreas still walking northbound on SR-51 which transitions to eastbound I-80. Officers advised Andreas at gunpoint to stop and he continued to disobey their orders on numerous occasions. An Officer deployed his tazer striking Andreas, which again had no affect. Andreas continued toward the Officer and he was able to reload his tazer and deploy it at Andreas a second time. Andreas fell to the ground but continued to struggle for a short time. He was taken into custody and taken to Sutter Roseville hospital where he received staples for a cut to the back of his head. After being treated, he was taken to the North Sacramento CHP office for questioning and booked into the Sacramento County Jail for 243 (C) PC-Felony Assault on Peace Officer, 69 PC- Felony Assault on an Executive Officer, two counts of 20002 VC-Misdemeanor hit and run, 23152 – misdemeanor DUI, 11550 H & S- under the influence of a controlled substance, and driving on a suspended drivers license. Junius was arrested for 11550 H & S- under the influence of a controlled substance.

Officer Lumsargis, an 8 year veteran was transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Hospital where he was treated for his head injuries and released. Officer Divecchia, a seven year veteran was also transported to MSJ with tazer prongs in his hand.

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