A Murrieta man led police on a wild chase before crashing into a parked car and fleeing to a nearby home, it was reported today.
Miguel Estrada, 30, gave chase at about 6 a.m. today when a police officer pulled him over for a traffic violation at Rosemary Street and Hunter Road in Murrieta, according to a Murrieta Police Department report.
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“The pursuit lasted approximately four minutes, covered approximately two and a half total miles and reached top speeds of approximately 55 to 60 mph,” said Sgt. Don Weller in the report.
“During the pursuit, the driver of the vehicle had driven through several red lights, stop signs and had driven on the wrong side of the road at times,” Weller said.
Officials said that Estrada crashed into a parked vehicle in the 39000 block of Calicia Street. He then fled on foot, jumping over a fence into a backyard and hiding from officers.
After a quick search of the area, officers located and took Estrada into custody.
According to officials, Estrada was found with a loaded handgun and methamphetamine. Authorities determined that the vehicle had been stolen.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of auto theft, being a violent felon in possession of a firearm, and transportation of a controlled substance.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the On-Duty Watch Commander at 951-696-3615.
Residents can also provide information anonymously through “We Tip” at 1-800-78-Crime.