Man arrested after Lake Elsinore DUI hit and run

LAKE ELSINORE — A Lake Elsinore man who officials say fled on foot after crashing his car into another vehicle was eventually apprehended and arrested, after deputies located him a short distance from where the collision occurred early Friday morning, March 15.

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Deputies assigned to Lake Elsinore Police Department responded to the area of Diamond Drive and Interstate 15 about 1:25 a.m., after receiving reports of a hit and run traffic collision, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Glenn Warrington explained after the man’s apprehension.

Deputies arrived within minutes of the dispatched call and learned a vehicle “was traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on Diamond Drive, failed to stop for the red light at the southbound off ramp intersection, and collided with another vehicle,” said Warrington. 

After the collision the driver, who was later identified as 34-year-old, Vincent William Jaso, fled from his wrecked and disabled vehicle and was last seen running westbound on Diamond Drive.

Deputies arrested Vincent Jaso after he fled from a traffic collision in Lake Elsinore. RSO booking photo

The occupants of the other vehicle were not injured in the crash and did not require further medical treatment, according to Warrington.

Deputies immediately began searching the area and soon located Jaso about a half-mile away, running northbound on Auto Center Drive toward the auto dealerships. Deputies gave chase and were quickly able to apprehend the fleeing man. 

“Mr. Jaso had injuries consistent with being the driver of the vehicle which caused the traffic collision,” Warrington explained.  “The driver also displayed the objective symptoms of being under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and or drugs.”

Based on their investigation, deputies arrested Jaso and he was booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit and run.

Jail records indicate Jaso was cited and released within hours of his arrest. He is scheduled to be arraigned at Murrieta’s Southwest Justice Center, May 15.

Anyone with additional information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Officer Peterson at (951) 245-3300. Callers can refer to incident file number L190740004 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.


Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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