A 36-year-old Manteca man ended up jailed on assault with a deadly weapon charge after he allegedly used his car to attack two individuals trying to serve him with a restraining order.
Jonathan Allen Martin reportedly tried to chase down a woman who had attempted to serve him with a restraining order at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Manteca Police spokesman. The 32-year-old woman and her 51-year-old friend attempted to serve the order together on Martin at his home, police said. As they drove away from his residence they noticed Martin was following them in his vehicle. The woman later told officers that she had made several evasive moves with her vehicle, in an effort to stop Martin from following them — her efforts proved futile. Martin allegedly began following her again and closed in on her rear bumper. At the corner of Center Street and Maple Avenue at the Manteca Post Office, the woman motorist stopped and let her friend exit her vehicle. She said that Martin accelerated at that point as the left side of his front bumper collided with the right side of the woman’s right bumper. The man allegedly continued to accelerate his vehicle and ran over the male passenger’s foot and reportedly struck him with his left side mirror. He told officers he got back in the vehicle and the couple drove to the Manteca Police Department on West Center Street to report the incident. The passenger’s injuries included a complaint of pain to his left elbow and left foot. Martin’s 1996 Ford Explorer was located in the 600 block of Fir Street. It was towed by police and stored at the Manteca Police Department for evidence. Martin was arrested at 5:15 a.m. Wednesday and charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon — his SUV. He was released from county jail later in the day.