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District Attorney Brooke Jenkins Announces Multiple Felony Charges Against Drug Dealer Fleeing Police

Fernando Castro Torres is charged with assaulting a police officer as he tried to flee, resisting an executive officer, possession of fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine for sale, and two misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and driving without a license

San Francisco, CA –  Today, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced multiple felony charges against Fernando Castro Torres (19). Castro Torres is charged with felony assault on a peace officer, resisting an executive officer, possession for sale fentanyl, cocaine base, cocaine salt, and methamphetamine. He is also charged with misdemeanor reckless driving and driving without a license. Castro Torres was arrested in possession of 21.6 grams of fentanyl and other narcotics following a foot chase on December 16, 2022. In attempts to flee from police, Castro Torres drove southbound, against traffic, on Franklin Street to Ellis Street from Olive Street. The pursuit through busy city streets began at Olive Street near Franklin Street and ended near Sacred Heart High School on Ellis Street. One officer was struck by the fleeing vehicle and several vehicles were also hit. A juvenile passenger in the car was also arrested at the scene in possession of 169.4 grams of fentanyl and other narcotics.

“Fernando Castro Torres will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and held accountable for his crimes and reckless behavior that needlessly put police officers in danger as well as countless pedestrians and motorists,” said District Attorney Brooke Jenkins. “This case provides one more example of the significant risks that drug dealers pose in our city and serves as a reminder as to why we must do everything in our power to restore public safety and accountability.”

Castro Torres has been in custody since his arrest on December 16, 2022. Prosecutors sought pre-trial detention in this case because of the public safety risk that he poses. If convicted of all charges he faces 10 years in state prison.

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: 22015375