Hit-and-Run Driver That Reported His Vehicle Stolen Convicted on Multiple Charges

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Marcus Brandon Williams, 33, of Wilmington, California, has been found guilty by a jury of multiple charges stemming from a bizarre incident that began with reckless driving incident, followed by a police chase in Long Beach last year. Williams evaded officers that night, but was caught by police after he reported his car stolen.

On August 26, 2012, Williams (then unidentified) was speeding and driving recklessly in a 2011 Chevy Malibu at 11:45 PM. When Williams ran a stop sign at PCH and 19th Street, a Long Beach Police Officer initiated a traffic stop. Williams kept driving at high speeds in an apparent attempt to evade the office, until he careened into two parked cars. Williams then took flight on foot and was able to evade the officer.

Three days later, Williams called LBPD to report his car had been stolen. When detectives ran the vehicle’s VIN number, they discovered the incident from three nights prior and conducted an investigation.

Williams was identified as the driver who fled from officers. Charges were filed by the Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office and on October 7, 2013, Williams was convicted by a jury of reckless driving, hit-and-run, evading arrest, and filing a false police report.

“This is a serious crime,” said City Prosecutor Doug Haubert. “People need to be held accountable for their behavior and I am glad the jury returned guilty verdicts on all charges.”

“What Williams did, by his reckless driving and his running from the police, endangered the public and the officer who was trying to do his job,” said Deputy City Prosecutor Ryan Sanders, the prosecutor who presented the case to the jury. “Our next priority is ensuring the victims recover fully from the damages caused by his crime.”

At Williams’ sentencing, prosecutors will seek a restitution order requiring the defendant to repay the cost of damages to the cars he hit. Williams’ sentencing will be Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at the Long Beach Courthouse. He faces 27 months in county jail and fines of $2,000.

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