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Crime & Courts

Riverside police charge ‘habitual offender’ after collision

RIVERSIDE – Riverside police announced charges for Isaac Sanchez, 35, of the 1000 block of South Third Avenue in Maywood, with aggravated felony driving while license suspended and other traffic violations following a collision at First Avenue and 31st Street.

According to police, officers arrived on the scene of a collision between two cars about 8 p.m. March 11. Both vehicles had heavy damage, police said.

Police said Sanchez told police he was driving his 1999 Plymouth in the southbound lanes of First Avenue and when he reached 31st Street, he noticed a van making a left-turn from First Avenue onto 31st Street, tried to stop, but collided with the vehicle.

The second driver, a 38-year-old Elgin resident told police she saw Sanchez driving at a high rate of speed just before hitting her. Her vehicle had three young passengers, ages 13, 6 and 1. All were transported to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for minor injuries and were released that night.

Once in police custody, officers said they discovered Sanchez had a revoked driver’s license, which was revoked in 2001. According to police, Sanchez has a record of traffic violations going back to 1994, including driving without a license, driving under the influence, driving with a revoked license and hit-and-run.

Sanchez posted $5,000 bond and was released, police said.

Police said the Elgin resident came back into the police station following her release from the hospital and filed a battery report again Sanchez. According to police, the woman said Sanchez grabbed her by the arm after the accident, shook her and told her not to call the police.

Police said the battery complaint is still under investigation.

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