Crime

Paso Robles man accused of trying to run ex-wife off the road

Ernesto Flores Duarte, 34, of Paso Robles was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, stalking and driving on a suspended license. Original story »
Ernesto Flores Duarte, 34, of Paso Robles was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, stalking and driving on a suspended license. Original story »

A Paso Robles man was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly chasing his ex-wife in his car and trying to run her off the road.

Ernesto Flores Duarte, 34, was arrested at about 11:15 p.m. after police received a call from the ex-wife reporting that her ex-husband was chasing her as she and a friend drove west on the 100 block of Niblick Road.

The woman claimed Duarte was driving recklessly and using his vehicle to block her path to force her to stop her vehicle. Both cars collided at some point during the incident, according to the Paso Robles Police Department.

When officers located the vehicles on the 800 block of Spring Street, the alleged victim pulled over, and police were able to detain Duarte without incident.

Upon further investigation, officers learned Duarte had been stalking the alleged victim throughout the day and harassing her with text messages.

Duarte was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and a count of stalking — all felonies — as well as misdemeanor driving on a suspended license.

As of Wednesday morning, he remained in custody on $25,000 bail.

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