People v Thiago DeFreitas

On May 16, 2016, a jury found defendant Thiago DeFreitas guilty of a felony count of hit and run causing injury, and a felony count of evading the police.

On December 11, 2011, Defendant DeFreitas, along with a woman and three other men, drove from the East Bay to a night club in San Francisco. All were consuming alcohol. After the club closed around 2 am, Defendant DeFreitas drove the group in his BMW back across the Bay Bridge and onto Highway 80.

A California Highway Patrol officer noticed Defendant DeFreitas weaving out of his lane and tried to pull the defendant over. Instead of pulling over, the defendant sped up and tried to get away from the officer, driving onto Highway 580 West toward the Richmond Bridge. Once on 580, the defendant drove over 135 miles per hour while trying to outrun the officer and eventually tried to exit the freeway at the Regatta Street off ramp. However, the BMW crashed through a road sign and into a power pole, severing the pole from its base and knocking the right front passenger unconscious.

Defendant DeFreitas and the male passengers then got out of the vehicle, jumped over a fence and fled. After heroic action from the officer, the female passenger was helped to safety away from the fallen power lines. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt.

The defendant was out of custody during trial and failed to appear at the time the jury reached the verdict. A warrant has been issued for Defendant DeFreitas' arrest.

This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Matt Gaidos with assistance from DA Inspectors Jim Rullamas and Cesar Basa.

Posted on May 17, 2016