MARTINEZ -- A Pinole man on probation for statutory rape who led police on a high-speed chase Saturday, then crashed into the garage of a Hercules home, was charged Tuesday with seven felonies and two misdemeanors, authorities said.
Alberto Morales, 18, who was fleeing police after a domestic violence incident, was charged by the Contra Costa District Attorney's office with felony domestic violence on a co-inhabitant, false imprisonment, battery and criminal threats. Charge enhancements alleging he caused his girlfriend great bodily injury were added, according to deputy district attorney Brian Hast.
Morales also was charged with two felony counts of reckless evading of police for speeding and driving against oncoming traffic, as well as for violating his electronic home detention terms, Hast said.
The chase started about 4:47 p.m., when a Hercules police officer on another call spotted a 2007 silver Nissan running a red light while traveling east on Sycamore Avenue and tried to stop it, Hercules police Officer Connie Van Putten said. The car sped up, however, reaching speeds of 80 mph as it ran several stop lights and finally slammed into a house in the 2200 block of Lupine Road.
The car landed upside down and settled on top of a fence and two other vehicles parked in the driveway. Two people inside the garage escaped injury, authorities said.
According to Hast, Morales fled his home after beating his live-in girlfriend and choking her into unconsciousness. Morales had been on electronic home detention as part of a sentence for a statutory rape conviction involving another woman, but, according to Hast, cut off his ankle monitor and left his Pinole residence earlier that day. Pinole police were called to a domestic violence call before the chase, Hast said.
Morales also was charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence. He remains in the County Jail in Martinez without bail, because he was on probation at the time of his arrest, Hast said.