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Oaxaca man stopped for reckless driving now facing attempted murder of PDC officers

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A 34-year-old Oaxaca man stopped for reckless driving is now facing attempted murder charges. Police in Playa del Carmen upgraded the charges after being threatened at gunpoint by a man they say also tried to run them over.

The incident happened Sunday when Public Safety and Transit (SSP) motorcycle officers attempted to pull over the driver of a Kia for reckless driving. Instead of pulling over, officers say the driver tried, on several occasions, to hit them.

The driver of the car sped off which lead to a chase through west city streets. Once finally stopped, he is accused of pulling out a gun and threatening to shoot the arresting officers through his window.

In turn, one of the officers fired a warning shot, causing the driver to drop his weapon. After an inspection of the man and his car, police reported finding a variety of narcotics, a loaded handgun and ammo.

In an official statement, the Seguridad Pública y Tránsito Solidaridad (SSP) reported “after a chase, Municipal Police arrested a subject for the possible commission of the crime of attempted homicide and seized a firearm, five cartridges and more than 60 doses of possible drugs after attacking the integrity of the officers in La Pedregal neighborhood.

“Elements of the Preventive Police who were patrolling on motorcycles arrested Juan “N”, 34 years old from Oaxaca, who was driving a KIA model vehicle recklessly and tried to knock down the officers repeatedly.

“Also during the arrest, the subject took out a firearm and pointed it out of the window at one of the police officers, so in view of the imminent danger, the second officer fired a warning shot, causing the subject to drop the weapon.”