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UPDATE: Suspect Leads Murrieta Police on High-Speed Chase

The car chase began about 10 p.m. near Via Princesa and Murrieta Hot Springs Road when the driver allegedly ran a red light and failed to yield to officers.

UPDATED 12:40 a.m. June 23

Police remained on the lookout for a suspect who led them on a high-speed pursuit late Friday from Murrieta Hot Springs Road to Whitewood Road east of Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta.

The driver of a 1994 Ford Mustang abandoned his car on the dirt dead-end of Whitewood and ran from police, prompting about a two-hour search that included K-9 units and a sheriff's helicopter, Murrieta police Sgt. Darryl Underwood confirmed.

A female passenger was located. The driver was described as a white male who was suspected of reckless driving and resisting arrest, according to Underwood.

Underwood said police did not believe the suspect was a threat to residents who live in the search area that was bordered by Keller Road to the north.

"Our gang unit is following up on leads," Underwood told Patch. "It is all under investigation."

ORIGINAL POST:

A driver blew through a red light in Murrieta Friday night, initiating a police chase at high speeds through residential neighborhoods, according to police.

The chase purportedly started at about 10 p.m., on Via Princesa, at Murrieta Hot Springs Road, when the driver of a 1994 Ford Mustang ran the light, then refused to stop for police, Patch learned at the scene.

Pursuit continued onto Whitewood Road at speeds of up to 80 mph, according to police.

The driver stopped when he reached a dead end; his passenger was detained and a sheriff's helicopter crew was dispatched to run overhead spotlights, as officers cordoned off the area and began a ground search, police said.

The boundaries of the cordoned off area—near the Mapleton area and Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta—were Keller Road to the north, Antelope Road to the west, Baxter Road to the south and Menifee Road to the east.

A male suspect was still outstanding as of 11:30 p.m.

Scott Tucker June 23, 2012 at 06:01 AM
It's Keller Road, not Teller Road. Sounds like they're going to call off the search in a few, they know who he is and they'll get him later.
Joseph Cruz Alvarez June 23, 2012 at 06:04 AM
dam hoodlems causing trouble in my city !!!! I hope Murrieta police department catch the driver of the vehicle
Bryan N Sarah June 23, 2012 at 06:43 AM
What's the status on this? Does anyone know?
Maggie Avants (Editor) June 23, 2012 at 06:54 AM
They are still searching.
Thebrickhouse June 23, 2012 at 06:57 AM
My house was lit up by that copter. I live by that "dead end". Kind of unnerving knowing there a hoodlum running around by my house.
Maggie Avants (Editor) June 23, 2012 at 07:10 AM
I can imagine. I was there trying to cover the scene and saw how many homes were nearby and the helicopter shining down. I decided on safety versus getting any good photos.
Thebrickhouse June 23, 2012 at 07:51 AM
any update?
Rollo's World June 23, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I live on the other end of the search area by Keller. Listening to the scanner, they were having a hard time locating him in the darkness & undeveloped area. After they brought in two K9 units and the helicopter I decided it's time to double-check all windows & doors. Anyone who runs from a traffic light stop has additional issues.
Voice of Reason June 23, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Ya. Let's lock him up and throw away the key!! He ran a red light!! What a horrible crime. Let's take the girlfriend and torture her to get all the terrorist info she has on this guy. Everybody needs to relax. He ran a red light? Probably had a little pot on him so he panicked. There are far worse crimes in this city that are going on underneath your noses.
Voice of Reason June 23, 2012 at 05:52 PM
There are thousands of people running red light every day in MURRIETA! This guy just happened to do it front of a cop. Could of would of but he didn't. He simply ran a red light, most likely had pot, and ran from the cops. Should he punished? Absolutely! Should he enjoy his " last days of freedom", that's going a little far.
Voice of Reason June 23, 2012 at 05:53 PM
And stop signs!
Scott Tucker June 23, 2012 at 08:20 PM
No, he is on probation and his "girlfriend" had warrants. That's why they ran. Maybe you need to get your facts straight.
Scott Tucker June 23, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I did hear that one of the Cops lost his wallet (with his badge in it) out in that field somewhere. A couple of them were looking for it, don't know if they found it.
Rollo's World June 24, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Dude, you must be on crack. NO one gives a bleep about the red light ticket. If he runs away from that, REASON would dictate there must be something MUCH worse he's guilty of. Even if not, Whitewood Dr. is like a race track. I dought he was driving 45 up the road and stopping at the few remaining lights. You can easily obtain 80 mph on Whitewood and lose control on some of those curves. Dude, you're a jerk!

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