Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date February 13, 2002
Contact Lt. Jay Theuer
Phone (909) 351-6050
Fax (909) 351-6051


Police Pursuit of Grand Theft Auto Suspect

Riverside, Ca- Riverside Police responded to a call of a grand theft auto that just occurred in the La Sierra area of Riverside. The responding officer contacted the victim and broadcast a description of the suspect vehicle to other police units in the area.

The stolen vehicle, a 2000 Ford Excursion towing a horse trailer, was observed by one of the units in the area of Pierce and Golden Streets and the officers attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect in the stolen vehicle accelerated away from the officers and a pursuit was initiated.

The suspect drove the stolen vehicle at a high rate of speed and committed numerous California Vehicle Code Violations including reckless driving and hit and run during the pursuit. The pursuit covered many miles of surface streets within the city limits and lasted for approximately one hour.

At one point late in the pursuit, officers were able to successfully deploy spike strips and deflated tires on both the stolen vehicle and the trailer it was towing. The pursuit ended at Allesandro and Century where the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

The suspect is a male 17 year old juvenile who was wanted on a no bail warrant on another grand theft auto and pursuit case in which he was involved and injured approximately 6 months ago. The suspect has been booked into Juvenile Hall for the no bail warrant and the new charges from this investigation.

An additional adult female was arrested on charges of grand theft auto stemming from this incident. She is allegedly the girlfriend of the suspect and arrived at the location of the grand theft auto with the juvenile in another stolen vehicle and was following the juvenile when the police pursuit began. The victim from the theft of the Ford Excursion followed the female as she attempted to leave the area in the other stolen vehicle. The female suspect was arrested without incident and the vehicle has been recovered. No injuries were reported as a result of this incident. The horse trailer was empty during this incident. RPD File Number P3 02 043 297