Reckless Driver Arrested After Leading Deputies on a Pursuit


Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Chad Craig

File # MV222900100


On October 17, 2022, at 10:16 AM, deputies from the Moreno Valley Station, located a silver 2008 BMW sedan driving recklessly south on Indian Street near Dracaea Avenue in the city of Moreno Valley. Further investigation revealed the BMW was wanted in connection with evading deputies several days earlier, but was never located. The BMW was seen again today driving erratically at a high rate of speed, running stops signs, failing to stop at red lights, and driving on the wrong side of the road. A Riverside County Sheriff’s Department helicopter followed the BMW from the air, as it drove dangerously throughout the city and was seen throwing numerous beer bottles out of the vehicle. Several motorcycle enforcement deputies attempted to stop the BMW, but it fled and evaded them at a high rate of speed. The motorcycle enforcement deputies pursued the BMW through city streets until it ran a red traffic light and collided into a white Ford Ranger at the intersection of Kitching Street and Cactus Avenue. The impact of the collision caused the Ford Ranger to overturn and collide with two additional vehicles. The driver of the BMW then exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot. Deputies chased the driver and he was arrested as he ran through a nearby flood control channel. The passenger of the BMW remained inside the vehicle and was arrested without incident.

Paramedics responded to scene and provided medical treatment for all of the involved parties. The drivers of the involved vehicles sustained minor to moderate injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment. The driver and passenger of the BMW both sustained minor injuries. Officers from the California Highway Patrol responded to the crash scene and assumed the traffic collision portion of the investigation.

The driver of the BMW was identified as Gabriel Cabrera, a 25-year-old resident of Moreno Valley and was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. Cabrera was arrested and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for recklessly evading a peace officer, hit and run with injury, committing a felony while out of custody on bail, assault with a deadly weapon, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, and resisting an executive officer. The passenger of the BMW was identified as Robert Valdez, a 21-year-old resident of Moreno Valley. Valdez was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Greg Berry of the Moreno Valley Station at 951-486-8206 or Riverside County Sheriff’s Dispatch at 951-776-1099.

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