Pit maneuver, rollover crash with one ejected, ends 100 mph pursuit

MEAD VALLEY, Calif. — Three men, including one who was ejected, were hospitalized at the end of a dangerous, high-speed pursuit of a stolen pickup truck Tuesday, Jan. 12. The chase ended when a CHP officer utilized a pursuit intervention (PIT) maneuver near Lake Mathews.

The chase lasted more than an hour and began on the eastbound 60 Freeway west of the 71. It then continued to Ontario and then south to Corona, before heading to Temescal Canyon. The driver of the stolen pickup truck, since identified as Vicente Villegas, a 21-year-old felon on probation, eventually exited on Cajalco Road, where the PIT maneuver was used.

Although just a tap from one bumper to another, the high-speed impact sent the stolen truck careening out of control before it overturned “at least three times”, according to CHP; who later said the maneuver brought an end to the lengthy chase.


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Yesterday’s pursuit began after a Riverside County Sheriff’s aviation crew spotted the stolen vehicle, a grey Ford Ranger, from their helicopter. Deputies reported that the vehicle was heading westbound on the Pomona (60) Freeway, crossing into San Bernardino County, CHP Officer Juan Quintero has since reported.

Quintero explained from the scene of the wreck that Villegas allegedly stole the Ford early Tuesday afternoon and picked up two friends before the chase began. It was not immediately known if the passengers Villegas picked up were aware the truck he was driving was stolen.

Officers and deputies from multiple jurisdictions joined, participated or assisted with Tuesday’s pursuit that ended when CHP performed a PIT maneuver, causing the stolen pickup truck to overturn multiple times. Lone Wolf News and Media photo

When patrol officers caught up to the stolen truck near the Corona (71) Expressway and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, Villegas refused to yield and sped away from officers; heading south, back into Riverside County.

“The driver attempted to flee by driving at speeds in excess of 100 mph on several freeways and surface streets,” Quintero said of the chase.

Multiple agencies and area Sheriff’s stations eventually joined, assisted, or tracked the pursuit as it wound its way through two counties.

About an hour into the pursuit, Villegas headed south on Interstate 15 before heading east on Cajalco Road toward Lake Mathews.

As the chase continued on Cajalco Road and Villegas was approaching Wood Road, CHP used the PIT maneuver to bring the pursuit to an end.

While officers discuss the pursuit and PIT maneuver that ended Tuesday’s reckless, 100 mph chase, fighters prepare to carry a man to a waiting ambulance after he was thrown from the stolen ford as it overturned at least three times. Lone Wolf News and Media photo

“(He) lost control of the vehicle (that) rolled several times,” Quintero later said of the PIT maneuver and subsequent crash that ended the pursuit; adding, “The vehicle came to rest on its wheels in an adjacent field.”

As the pickup overturned, one of the occupants was thrown from the Ford. He was later seen alert and talking to paramedics, as they treated him at the scene before he was transported to an area hospital. His unspecified injuries were described as moderate.


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Both the other passenger and Villegas, who was arrested at the scene, were also transported to area hospitals for treatment of minor to moderate injuries.

After his arrest, Villegas was booked into Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of auto theft, felony evading, reckless driving, being a felon in possession of a firearm and probation violations.

Online jail records indicate he remains in custody and is being held without bail.

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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including KRCR News Channel 7 and Mountain Echo in Shasta County, Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.