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Suspect in Sheriff's Chase Released from Hospital Friday, Promptly Arrested

Jonathan Michael Powers, 29, is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail in connection with the pursuit on Wednesday that forced the closure of Murrieta Hot Springs Road.

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Patch file photo

The suspect in a sheriff’s pursuit Wednesday in Murrieta that ended in a multiple-vehicle crash, halting evening rush-hour traffic, was arrested Friday.

Jonathan Michael Powers, 29, is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at Southwest Justice Center on suspicion of DUI, possession of a controlled substance, felony hit and run, evading police and assault with a deadly weapon.

Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Lisa McConnell said Powers had been hospitalized since Wednesday due to injuries suffered in the incident.

Two others suffered minor injuries in the short pursuit that began at about 4:58 p.m. Wednesday at Winterset Court and Torrey Pines Road in the city of Murrieta, McConnell said.

The sergeant explained that deputies with the Riverside County sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team had attempted to stop Powers on suspicion of a vehicle code violation.

“The vehicle initially stopped on Winterset, a cul de sac, so the deputies got out of the car,” McConnell said. “But he (Powers) turned his car around on the cul de sac. He tried to run into the unit but they were able to avoid the collision.”

Deputies pursued Powers as he reportedly sped north on Margarita Road, then west on Murrieta Hot Springs Road until he ran a red light at West Via Princesa and crashed into another vehicle, McConnell said.

Powers was allegedly found to be in possession of heroin, which McConnell said deputies saw him throw out his car window during the chase.

Murrieta police and fire personnel responded to the crash, which resulted in a two-hour closure of Murrieta Hot Springs Road.

The sheriff’s vehicle involved in the pursuit had to be towed from the scene because a hose had come loose and smoke was coming from its engine, she said.

Upon Powers’ release from the hospital Friday, he was taken into sheriff’s custody, McConnell said.

The allegation of assault with a deadly weapon is because Powers reportedly tried to hit the deputies with his vehicle, she said.

Justice For All November 03, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Clearly another D.A.R.E. dropout. It amazes me that DUI's still try to run from the law. It never turns out good for them. I think they might be smoking too much dope while playing GTA and confuse reality with their XBOX.
Justice For All November 05, 2013 at 04:43 AM
Sorry Priscilla bluesky, I've clearly struck a nerve. You apparently are intimately more familiar with losers than I am. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- IMHO, he is a disgrace and his family should be ashamed of him. I have no respect or empathy for anyone who uses drugs and alcohol as a crutch to get through life. Addiction isn't a disease, it's a mental weakness and a compulsion. But this is no excuse for DUI, running from the law, injuring others and jeopardizing innocent lives. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm sure he's had plenty of opportunities to get his act together. If his family really cared for him, they should have staged an intervention before he hit this stage of addiction. He was using heroin, for crying out loud! They need to share some guilt for his actions. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Well, now the cops have staged their own intervention. With any luck, good 'ole Jonathan will spend a really really long time in jail getting 'cured'.
dick weed November 05, 2013 at 08:05 AM
he is just a a-hole sky and ya total cop response, and his reply sounds just like something a stupid cop would say
Justice For All November 06, 2013 at 02:25 AM
@weed -- spoken like a true dick. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm flattered that you think I'm a cop, but they simply don't make enough money to support my lifestyle.
Justice For All November 07, 2013 at 05:04 AM
Hidell is probably hiding somewhere, licking his wounds from the last few tongue lashings he's received.

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