The man who slammed into a police cruiser as he was fleeing from the parking lot of the Sinajana precinct two weeks ago has a history of assault-related offenses.
Justin Portusach is facing a slew of charges and according to GPD Spokesman Sgt Paul Tapao, it all began with a stalking complaint filed with the Sinajana Precinct Command on June 24th.
“In line with the stalking, he was also charged with family violence, aggravated assault on a police officer, assault criminal mischief, and the use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony. So this all transpired when he was …the incident occurred out here within the parking lot of the central precinct command,” Tapao said.
According to the magistrate complaint, Portusach had been following his ex-girlfriend and in an effort to make Portusach leave her alone she drove into the Sinajana Precinct.
But Portusach followed her into the precinct’s parking lot. The woman pointed out Portusach to police and when they attempted to approach him and instructed him to stop and roll down his window, he refused.
Police say he “instead revved his engine and accelerated towards the officers and struck their vehicle. The officers attempted to block Portusach’s path and he responded by crashing into the police vehicle again and pushed its way out.”
According to Portusach’s rap sheet, this isn’t the first time he has been implicated on similar charges. In 2015, he was charged with aggravated assault, family violence criminal mischief, and reckless driving related to a complaint filed by a woman known to him. Meanwhile, for this recent case Tapao commends him for turning himself in.
“I want to commend of course the decision of Mr. Portusach for self-surrendering. I want to thank him for that. It really shows that he understood the nature of the investigation and of course by himself surrendering, it really speaks volumes of him wanting to do the right thing, so we thank him for that,” Tapao said.
Portusach was booked, confined, and formally charged with aggravated assault and assault on a peace officer both with the special allegation of use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.