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San Rafael Police Department

San Rafael Police Department

For Immediate Release

Author: Sergeant Justin Graham
Date: September 14, 2022 4:00 PM
Case Number: SR22-06470

DUI Suspect Arrested after Pursuit and Standoff

San Rafael, CA – On 09/13/2022, Bryan Donan Lopez-Lopez, a 25-year-old San Rafael resident, was arrested after almost colliding with a police car, leading police on a chase, and creating a brief standoff in downtown San Rafael.  

Starting at 10:00 PM, an SRPD officer, who was responding to a medical emergency, was traveling through the intersection at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.  The officer became concerned when it appeared the speeding vehicle was about to collide with his police car.  Just before impact, the approaching vehicle went into a locked wheel skid and was able to stop. 

Since the officer was responding to a medical emergency, the officer was forced to continue on.  After getting just a few blocks, the officer was canceled from the call and was able to respond back to the intersection of Third Street and Lincoln Avenue, where he tried to locate the reckless vehicle.

After a brief search, the officer located the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop.  The driver, Lopez-Lopez, evaded, and a police pursuit ensued.  The pursuit went west on Fifth Avenue into the West End Neighborhood.  The vehicle was seen making several evasive maneuvers while fleeing from the officer but was unsuccessful.  Lopez-Lopez then turned onto Ray Court, a dead-end, and came to a stop.

Additional officers arrived to assist.  Officers began giving Lopez-Lopez directions, and he refused to comply.  Bilingual officers attempted to communicate with Lopez-Lopez using both Spanish and English.  While attempting to gain Lopez-Lopez’s cooperation, officers observed him making erratic movements in the vehicle.   For over 20 minutes, officers continued to use de-escalation techniques and communication with Lopez-Lopez.  Finally, Lopez-Lopez began to cooperate, and officers were able to take him into custody without incident.  

During their contact with Lopez-Lopez, officers determined that he was intoxicated.  Lopez-Lopez was determined to have a blood alcohol content higher than the legal limit.  The legal limit for being considered driving under the influence of alcohol is .08% or higher.

Lopez-Lopez was booked into the Marin County Jail for felony evading an officer, driving under the influence of alcohol, obstructing a peace officer, and driving while unlicensed.  The case will be forwarded to the Marin District Attorney’s Office.

No one was injured during this incident; fortunately, Lopez-Lopez did not collide with anyone or any other vehicles.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call San Rafael Police at (415) 485-3000. Tips can also be made online at http://www.srpd.org/tips.

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Posted: September 14, 2022 4:06 PDT by Sergeant Justin Graham

Updated: September 14, 2022 4:08 PDT by Justin Graham

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