Police in Santa Rosa Saturday arrested a man who attempted to evade police while driving with his infant son in his car Friday evening. Eric Diaz-Pineda, 22, of Santa Rosa, was surrounded by officers while inside a home in the 900 block of Kingwood Street at about 10:10 p.m., police said. About 45 minutes later, at 10:55 p.m., Diaz-Pineda agreed to voluntarily come out of the home and was arrested, police said. He was booked into the Sonoma County main adult detention facility for three outstanding arrest warrants, and on suspicion of reckless evading and child endangerment, police said.
At about 6:15 p.m. Friday, an officer searching for distracted drivers as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, observed Diaz-Pineda driving a 1998 white BMW 320i sedan talking on a cellphone near West Ninth Street. The officer was driving a marked police vehicle when he pulled up behind the suspect vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, according to police.
Diaz-Pineda, a documented gang participant, failed to stop and sped away from the officer, police said. The vehicle sped through residential streets and through stop signs at multiple intersections, police said. Police said Diaz-Pineda abandoned the vehicle while it was still in motion, causing the vehicle to collide with an unoccupied vehicle in the 800 block of Coulter Street. Diaz-Pineda left his 15-month-old infant son and his 21-year-old girlfriend inside the vehicle, police said. The infant was properly restrained and was not injured, according to police.