Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies managed to recover a stolen motorcycle after less than a half-mile of pursuit early Thursday morning in Canyon Country.
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Amy Garcia, 41, of Saugus, is being held on charges of driving under the influence, evading arrest and grand theft auto in connection with a brief pursuit that ended without major incident.
“The suspect was seen driving recklessly at a very high speed,” said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “While Sheriff’s Station deputies make every effort to catch a criminal, they will try to only do so when it does not put the general public at great risk. This driver’s speed and behavior made a pursuit a very dangerous situation.”
Deputies in a patrol unit saw noticed a motorcycle traveling at approximately 100 mph on surface streets, and then noticed it running a red light before entering the southbound side of Highway 14 at Sand Canyon Road.
The deputies believed the driver was a “reckless DUI,” Dubin said. However, they felt the motorcycle was traveling too fast for them to catch up to it.
After deputies followed the motorcycle onto the freeway, they noticed the driver had slowed considerably.
Deputies began to initiate a traffic stop by turning on their lights and siren, but the motorcycle did not yield.
Deputies then initiated a pursuit, which they continued at to surface streets shortly after midnight Thursday, but they ended the chase when Garcia exited the freeway at Golden Valley Road and again began speeding through surface streets.
Shortly after deputies ended their active pursuit, the vehicle pulled over on Green Valley Drive.
When deputies ran the vehicle identification number of the motorcycle, they discovered it had been reported stolen out of San Fernando Valley to the West Valley Division of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident, and later booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
The deputy pursuit is the second one this week that ended without a major injury, Dubin said.
“A successful pursuit is one that ends with an arrest, and without anyone getting injured,” Dubin said. “When criminals evade arrest they are putting their lives as well as everyone else on the road, at risk.
“Deputies are trained to do whatever they can to minimize that risk,” he said, “and these two pursuits were no exception.”
Garcia is being held at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on $35,000 bail.
She is expected to appear at Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday.
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Source: Santa Clarita News