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."
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.