A jury has found Marcus Brandon Williams, 33, of Wilmington, guilty of multiple charges stemming from an incident that began with a reckless-driving incident, followed by a police chase in Long Beach last year, according to the Long Beach City Prosecutor’s office. Williams evaded officers that night, but he was caught by police after reporting his car stolen.
According to a press release issued by the City Prosecutor’s office, on Aug. 26, 2012, Williams, then unidentified, was speeding and driving recklessly in a 2011 Chevy Malibu at 11:45pm. When he ran a stop sign at PCH and 19th Street, a Long Beach Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop. Williams kept driving at high speeds in an apparent attempt to evade the officer, until he careened into two parked cars. Williams then fled on foot and was able to evade the officer.
Three days later, Williams called LBPD to report that his car had been stolen. When detectives ran the vehicle’s identification number, they discovered the incident from three nights prior and conducted an investigation.
Williams was identified as the driver who had fled from officers. The Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office filed charges, and on Oct. 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.”
Deputy City Prosecutor Ryan Sanders is the prosecutor who presented the case to the jury. “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,” he said. “Our next priority is ensuring the victims recover fully from the damages caused by his crime.”
At Williams’s sentencing on Oct. 9, prosecutors sought a restitution order requiring the defendant to repay the cost of damages to the cars he hit. According to information Haubert provided to the Signal Tribune on Oct. 9, the following are the conditions of Williams’s sentencing: three years summary probation, 90 days in county jail, 20 days of labor with Caltrans, search-and-seizure conditions and restitution.
“The jury listened to all the evidence and returned the right verdict,” Haubert said. “Breaking the law, then lying to cover it up was not a smart move.”
Source: LB City Prosecutor’s office