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Driver Arrested After Hit And Run, Car Chase Following South Coast Protest Rally

(Oxnard Police photo)
Damage to the lawn in Plaza Park after some people drove cars into it during a Wednesday night protest rally

There’s been an arrest in connection with an incident in which people drove cars into a South Coast park, then did doughnuts on the grass while a protest march was taking place.

It happened Wednesday night, in the downtown Oxnard area. 

There was a large march with about 350 people, which was peaceful, while a smaller group of about 150 marched into Plaza Park. That’s when several vehicles drove onto the grass.

Police say as the vehicles were spinning around, they endangered protesters and damaged the lawn.

As one of the drivers sped away, they hit another vehicle but didn’t stop. Oxnard Police pursued the car, but discontinued the chase because they thought it would endanger others on the city’s streets.

Oxnard Police detectives identified the driver.

David Sanchez of Oxnard was arrested for felony evading, hit and run, and driving without a license.

During the demonstration, some buildings in and around the park were also vandalized.

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