Teen arrested after dangerous Corona to Riverside stolen vehicle pursuit leaves trail of wrecked cars
CORONA, Calif., — Authorities say a Riverside teen was arrested after a wild and dangerous stolen vehicle pursuit that left a trail of wrecked cars in its wake Friday afternoon, Feb. 4.
No injuries were reported as a result of the chase, which began in Corona and ended in Riverside, when pursuing officers used a pursuit intervention technique, or PIT maneuver, to disable the suspect’s stolen pickup truck, according to officials.
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Yesterday’s pursuit began around 1:50 p.m. when a City of Corona police officer spotted a stolen and occupied burgundy Ford pickup in the area of Ontario and Rimpau avenues, according to a Corona PD social media release.
Seeing the officer approaching, the driver attempted to elude apprehension by entering a shopping center at Fullerton and Ontario avenues.
Officials say multiple citizens’ and officers’ vehicles were damaged during a pursuit that traveled from Corona to Riverside yesterday afternoon. RVCNews photo
When the officer found the truck in the parking lot and attempted to conduct a traffic stop the driver, whose name was not released due to his age, refused to yield and collided into a parked vehicle along with the front end of the officer’s patrol car.
After the initial collisions, the driver continued to flee, at which time a vehicle pursuit was initiated.
With assistance from Riverside Police Department’s helicopter, Air-1, the pursuit continued on surface streets through the City of Corona as well as both the 91 and 15 freeways.
As the pursuit continued toward Riverside, the fleeing driver was involved in at least three more collisions, including crashing into two citizens’ vehicles as well as another Corona police officer’s vehicle.
Officers eventually brought the chase to an end in the area of Pierce Street and the 91 Freeway in the City of Riverside after an officer performed a PIT maneuver, disabling the stolen truck.
Officers subsequently arrested the juvenile without further incident after officers conducted a felony stop.
He was later booked into the Riverside County Juvenile Hall on a variety of charges related to the pursuit, including assault with a deadly weapon, willfully resisting a police officer and causing injury, and possession of a stolen vehicle.
Officials have since asked that anyone whose vehicle was damaged as a result of yesterday’s pursuit who has not yet been identified to contact Corona PD at (951) 736-2330. Callers can refer to incident file number 22-07275 and can remain anonymous.
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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).
Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.
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.