by Cindy Summers
Police reports are provided to us by the Ventura Police Department and are not the opinions of the Ventura Breeze. All suspects mentioned are assumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Stolen Vehicle and Burglary
On August 25, at approximately 7:15 am, officers responded to the Business Park located at Goodyear Avenue and Market Street regarding a vehicle being stolen. It was reported that a suspect had just entered a business at the location and stolen a car.
While responding to the location, officers saw the stolen car turn onto Copland Drive from Telephone Road. They attempted to stop the vehicle on the dead-end street to avoid the likelihood of a pursuit, but the driver tried to flee by driving through a fence on the north end of Copland Drive. The car became disabled and the driver, identified as 31 year old vagrant Kashe Vargas, was arrested.
Vargas was booked for Burglary, Driving a Stolen Vehicle, Vandalism, and Evading. No one was injured during this incident.
On August 27, at 3:30 pm, members of the Ventura Police Department SCU Narcotics unit conducted a search warrant at the above address due to an investigation into narcotics sales. Detectives using investigative tools were able to identify a primary suspect as 46 year old Ventura resident Matthew Maxfield.
During the subsequent investigation, detectives recovered methamphetamines, cocaine, and evidence of narcotics sales at the residence.
As a result of the investigation, Matthew Maxfield was arrested for possession for sale of controlled substances.
A search of the Ventura County Superior Court shows that Matthew Maxfield has prior arrests for numerous narcotics violations, kidnapping, theft, vandalism, resisting arrest, and providing false information to a peace officer.
Vehicle Pursuit, DUI and Evading Arrest
On August 28, at approximately 11:30 pm, a Ventura Police Department Sergeant initiated a traffic stop on a white SUV that was driving recklessly southbound on Victoria Ave. The vehicle did not yield and continued northbound on the 101 freeway at a high rate of speed. The vehicle exited the freeway at Telephone Rd and then collided with a tree at Telephone Rd and Copland Dr.
The driver and solo occupant, 29 year old Oxnard resident Felipe Perez eventually exited the vehicle uninjured and was taken into custody without further incident. Officers conducted a DUI investigation and determined that Perez was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for felony evading and misdemeanor driving under the influence.