HEMET: Suspects lead officers on high-speed pursuit in stolen car
HEMET – A vehicle pursuit of an unreported stolen vehicle on Friday, Jan. 22 led to a foot pursuit of four subjects through a quiet Hemet neighborhood, according Hemet Police officials. Following an extensive search of the area, officers caught and detained all four subjects. One, the suspected driver of the stolen vehicle, was arrested for a variety of charges and a felony warrant.
At about 10:00 p.m., a Hemet Police K9 Officer conducting routine patrol spotted a white Honda Civic traveling on the roadway without its headlights on. Based on the vehicle code violation, the K9 Officer attempted to stop the vehicle by activating his overhead lights and siren.
The driver of the vehicle failed to yield and accelerated away from the K9 Officer at a high rate of speed. The suspect continued evading arrest, without regard for the safety of citizens or pursuing officers. During the pursuit, the K9 Officer advised there were four occupants inside the vehicle and requested priority back up from other responding officers.
A short vehicle pursuit ensued through city streets and ended after the driver of the stolen car turned onto a residential cul-de-sac in the 41000 block of Dixon Dr.
At the end of the cul-de-sac, all four occupants inside the car fled the vehicle on foot, running in different directions. According to Hemet Police officials, officers saturated the area looking for the fleeing occupants. Officers eventually located and detained the driver and all three passengers.
During their investigation, officers contacted the registered owner of the vehicle in San Jacinto and discovered the owner was unaware the vehicle had been stolen. A records check revealed the driver, identified as Johnny Lee Jackson, 18, had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest.
Officers arrested Jackson for possession of stolen property, evading arrest and evading arrest while driving without regard for the safety of others. He was booked on those charges as well as his his felony warrant at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning. He is being held in lieu of $100,000. Jackson is expected to be arraigned at an unspecified court on Jan. 27.
According to Hemet Police officials, the registered owner of the stolen vehicle responded to the scene and recovered his vehicle.
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