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Charges filed against man who allegedly fled from Yuma police
The Yuma man who was arrested over the weekend after allegedly fleeing from police was charged with five felonies in Yuma Justice Court Tuesday afternoon.
Yuma Justice of the Peace Greg Stewart informed 28-year-old Marcos Medina that after reviewing the allegations against him, the Yuma County Attorney's Office decided to file charges against him on five separate offenses.
Stewart told Medina that prosecutors were charging him with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful flight from pursuing law enforcement, possession of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In addition to ordering Medina's bond remain at the $256,000 it had been previously set at, Stewart also appointed an attorney to represent him. Medina's next court date is a preliminary hearing set for 4 p.m. on March 13.
The incident, from which the charges against Medina stem, began at about 1:40 p.m. on Saturday when a detective with the Yuma Police Department attempted to perform a traffic stop on a vehicle Medina was driving.
Medina initially pulled over but then allegedly sped away in his vehicle as the detective approached on foot.
As Medina was allegedly attempting to flee, Yuma police say he almost collided with a second patrol vehicle occupied by two police officers who were responding to assist the detective with the traffic stop.
Medina drove to the area of 2nd Avenue and 5th Street, where he allegedly lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a parked passenger car and a parked motor scooter. The collision caused substantial damage to both vehicles, police said.
After the wreck, Medina allegedly fled on foot, but was caught and arrested by police a short time later.
Medina sustained minor injuries and was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center for treatment. No other injuries were reported.