A 55-year-old convicted child molester was charged Thursday with attacking leading police on a chase and attacking an officer.
Charles Ronnald Bradley was charged with three counts of assault with a weapon on a peace officer, three counts of felonious resisting arrest, a count of evading a peace officer-reckless driving, all felonies, as well as three counts of resisting arrest and single counts each of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of a drug and driving on a suspended license, all misdemeanors.
Bradley has prior convictions in San Diego for criminal threats in 1997 and lewd acts on a child in 1999, according to court records.
Just after 9 a.m. Tuesday, officers attempted to talk to Bradley behind the Marshalls store at 17261 17th St. on Tuesday because he had collision damage to his vehicle, said Lt. Stephanie Nichols of the Tustin Police Department.
Bradley “raised a flare to the officer,” then fled in the vehicle, leading police on a short pursuit which ended at Yorba Street just north of Santa Clara Avenue, where he stopped and remained behind the steering wheel, Nichols said.
He barricaded himself in his vehicle for hours until police removed him and placed him under arrest, Nichols said.