John Paul Speer is charged with felony evading an officer with willful disregard and possession of a deadly weapon
San Francisco, CA – Today, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced charges against John Paul Speer (42) in connection to a high-speed chase from Golden Gate Park through the Sunset District. Speer is charged with felony evading an officer with willful disregard and felony possession of a deadly weapon.
“John Speer will be held accountable for his reckless behavior that needlessly put residents, park rangers and police officers in danger,” said District Attorney Brooke Jenkins. “Although I am grateful that no one was hurt while Speer led officers from the San Francisco Police Department on a high-speed chase, he must answer for his wanton disregard for public safety. Ensuring that he face the appropriate consequences for his behavior will send a clear message that lawlessness will not be tolerated in our community.”
San Francisco Police officers first made contact with Speer in Golden Gate Park where Park Rangers alleged that he had assaulted a park ranger with a vehicle. When told to turn off his vehicle, the suspect drove away, initiating a high-speed car chase from Middle Drive West and Transverse Drive in Golden Gate Park through the Sunset District. While evading officers Speer was driving at approximately 50 MPH southbound on 18th avenue, failing to stop at numerous stop signs before turning eastbound on Wawona Street. Speer travelled a total of 2.29 miles and the pursuit lasted 4 minutes. He was taken into custody at 14th Avenue and West Portal Avenue.
Speer was arraigned on November 29, 2022 and pled not guilty to all charges.
Although charges have been filed, this remains an active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the San Francisco Police Department Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous.
Court Number: 22014311