Last Thursday, a police pursuit began at about 2:30 pm in Newhall. The suspect, in an allegedly stolen Honda, led deputies working out of the Santa Clarita Sheriff Station from Newhall to Soledad Canyon Road when the suspect t-boned another vehicle on the left side of the street. The suspect then exited the vehicle and took off running. He was later apprehended by deputies when he was discovered hiding in a shed in the Greenbriar Mobile Home Park.
The suspect was transported to the SCV Sheriff Station where he underwent booking and processing. He has been arrested 3 times this year already and is currently being held without bail.One of the crimes the suspect was charged with was violating California Vehicle Code 2800.1 – also known as evading a police officer. The law makes it illegal to knowingly evade a police officer, when driving, when one is being chased by one via bicycle or vehicle.
Evading a police officer is a misdemeanor in California Law, and carries the possible penalties of up to 1 year in county jail, summary probation, a fine of up to $1,000 and/or the impounding of the vehicle in which you fled from the officer for up to 30 days. Since the vehicle in this case is believed to have been stolen, it probably won’t end up being impounded.
The suspect’s two previous arrests – both on felony charges – are still before the courts. If convicted an all charges surrounding his three arrests, it’s likely he will spend a significant amount of time in jail.