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(RIVERSIDE) A Maywood man facing a felony traffic charge has a history of driving on a revoked license, Riverside police said Friday.
Isaac Sanchez, 35, was charged with aggravated felony driving on a revoked license and “several” other traffic violations, a statement from Riverside police said.
When he was arrested, police found he had been arrested for more than 10 driving violations, including a hit and run and driving under the influence, police said in the statement.
On March 11, Riverside police responding to an accident found two vehicles heavily damaged in the northbound lanes of First Avenue, just south of 31st Street, in Riverside, the statement said.
Sanchez told police he was driving his 1999 Plymouth in the southbound lanes of First Avenue and saw a van turning left from First on to 31st Street, police said. He said he couldn’t swerve his car in time and hit the 2002 Lexus, police said.
But the 38-year-old woman driving the Lexus said Sanchez was speeding right before he hit her car, which had her three children inside, the statement said.
The woman and her children were taken to a hospital for minor injuries, the statement said. Sanchez had minor injuries but refused medical treatment, police said.
When police took Sanchez in to custody and fingerprinted him, they found he had a revoked driver’s license, taken 12 years ago, and has been arrested more than 10 times, according to the statement.
From 1994 to 2000, Sanchez was charged four times for driving without a valid license, police said.
His license was revoked in Jan. 2001, and from then until 2011, Sanchez was arrested six more times for driving with a revoked license, police said. In Sept. 2011, Sanchez was classified as a habitual traffic violation offender, the statement said.
Sanchez was also arrested for a DUI in 2002 and 2011, police said. In 2007, he was arrested after he made false statements while applying for a driver’s license or identification card, the statement said.
His final arrest before March 11 was in May 2011—driving with a revoked license and a hit and run, police said.
“The Cook County court system just simply does not take these driving offenses seriously, and it took almost 20 years to get Mr. Sanchez charged with a felony offense and he still was released on bond,” Riverside chief of police Thomas Weitzel said in the statement.
Bond was set at $5,000 for Sanchez, of the 1000 block of South 3rd Avenue in Maywood, and he was released after posting bail, according to the release. VFP