A parolee accused of leading police on a circular chase through Riverside in a stolen car, during which he caused at least three crashes, was being held without bail today in the city’s downtown jail.
Stanley Niles Head, 29, of Riverside was booked on suspicion of felony evading, receiving stolen property, spousal abuse and parole violations.
Riverside County sheriff’s deputies began chasing Head — who was at the wheel of a sedan that had been reported stolen — around 5 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 26 in Moreno Valley, authorities said.
Deputies pursued the suspect onto the northbound Moreno Valley (60) Freeway, following him as he exited University Avenue and wound around the backside of UC Riverside, traveling at nearly 70 mph.
Riverside police officers took over the chase at 5:15 p.m. on University Avenue.
Head allegedly raced through stop lights and signs, clipping a vehicle at 14th Street and Sedgewick Avenue.
As he circled back to the University corridor, the parolee allegedly rammed into another vehicle at 11th Street and Ottawa Avenue.
A pregnant woman was among the occupants of that vehicle, but she declined medical treatment, according to Riverside police Lt. Chuck Griffitts.
During the chase, a patrol unit and a pickup truck collided at Ottawa and University, he said. One officer suffered minor injuries and was transported to Riverside Community Hospital for treatment.
Around 5:35 p.m., Head drove over a spike strip that officers deployed at University and Kansas avenues, causing the vehicle to become disabled.
Griffitts said the parolee and two passengers were taken into custody without a struggle.
The passengers were detained for questioning.
Along with allegedly stealing the car, Head is suspected in a domestic assault that had been reported Tuesday morning, according to Griffitts.
The suspect has a prior conviction for a home invasion robbery, authorities said.