PD: Phoenix street racer tries to run over police officer

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Posted at 2:20 PM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 16:44:46-05

PHOENIX — An apparent street racer was taken into custody earlier this week after allegedly doing burnouts in a parking lot and then driving towards a police officer, forcing the officer to jump out of the way.

Phoenix police report that on Monday, a street racer task force located a large group of vehicles in the Costco parking lot near 35th and Grand Avenues racing and doing burnouts.

An officer got out of his car, approached the driver of the vehicle, and told the man to turn the car off. Instead, according to police, the driver, identified as 24-year-old Wilbur Alberto Tochico, sped away and collided with a parked vehicle.

Multiple people then bailed out of Tochico's car, police said.

After the crash, according to documents, Tochico put the car in reverse, backed away, put it back in drive, and drove towards the officer, forcing him to jump out of the way.

Police said Tochico's car went over a curb as he charged the officer, and the vehicle died about a block away, where he was taken into custody. Two empty tequila bottles were found in the vehicle, police said. Tochico's license was also suspended out of Colorado.

He was booked into jail and charged with aggravated assault and unlawful flight.