Deputies finally capture arrogant law breaker.
The ride came to an end for a motorcyclist who is suspected in several incidents of reckless driving and evading deputies in the Santa Clarita Valley, dating back nearly 18 months. The incidents apparently all involved the same motorcycle and rider, and occurred when deputies and California Highway Patrol Officers attempted to pull the motorcyclist over for various traffic violations, reckless driving, and no license plates on more than six separate occasions.
Joseph Milhoan, 21, of Canyon Country, was booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on several felony and misdemeanor charges and his motorcycle, a 2006 Honda CBR, was impounded.
Milhoan’s felony charges included one felony count of reckless evading with willful disregard for public safety and one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. He was also charged with misdemeanor reckless driving and driving on a suspended license. He appeared in court Thursday and his arraignment was continued to May 30. He is in custody at Men’s Central Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $125,000 bail.
It became common practice for the suspect to immediately flee from the deputies and officers as they attempted the traffic stop. Although the deputies would immediately terminate their attempts to stop the suspect because of the potential danger to the public, in each incident the rider continued at a high rate of speed, routinely exceeding speeds of 100 miles per hour on Santa Clarita Valley surface streets, with no regard for the safety of other motorists, pedestrians, or himself.
During one of the incidents in 2006, a deputy was reportedly pulled two feet alongside the suspect's motorcycle when he attempted to grab the suspect's arm and prevent him from fleeing following a traffic stop. The suspect then reportedly turned around and drove back towards the deputy. As the deputy attempted to get out of the way, the suspect grazed him with the motorcycle and sped away from the area.
The latest incident occurred on Monday, May 12, where a motorcycle deputy from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station used his hand-held laser to capture the speed of a rider they believed to be the same motorcyclist, traveling at over 100 MPH in the 22500 block of Soledad Canyon Road. The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the rider continued at a high rate of speed westbound on Soledad Canyon Road to Creekside Road and out of sight.
The deputies finally got the break they had been waiting for when another deputy recalled recently spotting a motorcycle matching the description parked in the 14000 block of Begonias Lane, Canyon Country. Investigators from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station's Traffic Department set up an operation in the area on Tuesday, May 13, and arrested the suspect without incident.
The helmet the suspect was wearing and the motorcycle, 2006 Honda CBR (pictured here), were both recovered. Ironically, the helmet the suspect was reportedly wearing during one of the incidents (also pictured here) had a sticker with the following phrase on it: "Capable of Evading High Speed Pursuit". Deputies found the suspect was also on probation for reckless driving.
Traffic deputies are grateful this reckless behavior was brought to an end before anyone was seriously injured or killed. They were very concerned that this unsafe practice could end in tragedy and were especially concerned because of recent increase in the number of incidents involving fatalities of teenagers and young adults who were also riding motorcycles, many times recklessly or without a license or training.
During a 12 month period, between February 2007 and February 2008, there were five fatality related collisions in the City of Santa Clarita and four of them involved motorcyclists. The City of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station launched an aggressive Public Safety Months campaign in an effort to raise awareness in the community regarding these types of public safety related matters.