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August 04, 2018

Officers Investigate After Vehicle Collides with Apartment Building

On August 4, 2018, at 10:19 A.M., members of the Rancho Cordova Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit were conducting proactive enforcement near the intersection of White Rock Road and Zinfandel Drive.  These officers drive unmarked police vehicles but they are equipped with all emergency lighting and related safety equipment.

The officers were stopped for a red traffic light behind a black Dodge Challenger at the aforementioned intersection.  While stopped, the Dodge suddenly spun its tires, ran the red light, and accelerated as it proceeded north on Zinfandel Drive toward the Highway 50 overcrossing.

The officers attempted to catch up to the vehicle and activated their emergency lights and siren.  The officers quickly lost sight of the Dodge near the intersection of Folsom Boulevard and Zinfandel Drive.  The officers were no longer pursuing the vehicle and had deactivated all emergency lighting but continued checking the area while driving northbound on Zinfandel Drive.

Members of the community who observed the vehicle pass by at a high rate of speed began directing responding officers in the direction of where they last saw the vehicle.  Officers were directed to an apartment complex in the 2100 block of Zinfandel Drive where they located the Dodge and discovered it had crashed into an apartment building.  The vehicle and the apartment quickly caught on fire.

The two suspects fled from the scene on foot but were soon apprehended by officers.  The driver has been arrested and is currently in custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail where he faces charges pertaining to possession of methamphetamine for sale, felony evasion of a peace officer, and commission of a felony while released on bail.  He has been identified as 21-year-old Benjamin Mena of Roseville, California and is ineligible for bail due to his charges.   The passenger of the vehicle was later released.

Residents in the apartment were able to safely evacuate with assistance from helpful members of the community.  The residents were transported to area hospitals for minor injuries and are expected to survive.

Sergeant Shaun Hampton

Sheriff’s Spokesman

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department/

Rancho Cordova Police Department

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Click for full size photo Benjamin Mena (21)

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