An assault suspect’s unsuccessful attempt at thwarting LA County Sheriff’s officials ended in a crash in Malibu’s Civic Center yesterday and a suspect heading to the hospital in handcuffs.
The suspect, later named by sheriff’s officials as 33-year-old Tyler Moyle of Malibu, allegedly assaulted a bail bondsman who was attempting to detain him related to a bail revocation. That event occurred at about 3:19 p.m. Monday afternoon in Western Malibu near PCH and Trancas Canyon Road. Deputies later confirmed Moyle assaulted the bail bondsman, and also had an active domestic violence want for an earlier, unrelated incident.
“During their field investigation, deputies confirmed that the suspect had physically assaulted the bail bondsman, and also learned that the suspect had an active domestic violence want for another incident,” a statement from the LASD described.
About 30 minutes after the initial call came in, patrol deputies assisted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Aero Bureau located Moyle in the area of PCH and Cross Creek Road in the Malibu Civic Center and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the suspect made a U-turn and fled.
“He initially refused to stop and then almost immediately crashed,” Lt. Jim Royal, Malibu/Lost Hills watch commander on Monday afternoon, told The Malibu Times.
After less than a minute of pursuit by law enforcement, Moyle smashed into the back of a Tesla sedan at the intersection of PCH and Webb Way. Moyle suffered minor injuries, while the passengers in the Tesla — a mom and her two young children — were unharmed.
“The one driver [Moyle] suffered facial lacerations and was transported to the hospital, and the parties in the other car were not hurt but were transported as a precaution,” Officer Gonzalez of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station described.
Information provided by the sheriff’s department indicates Moyle was charged with not only felony evading of a peace officer and battery (related to the bondsman) but driving under the influence.
The accident, which occurred around 4 p.m. Monday, wMarch 20, snarled traffic in the Civic Center, at first when the accident took place and again hours later as law enforcement conducted an evening investigation that had PCH shut down in both directions.
The investigation, sheriff’s officials said, was ongoing. Witnesses are asked to call the station at 818.878.1808 and ask to speak with the Traffic Investigation Office.