A parolee who allegedly caused a crash at a Hemet intersection where he blew through a red light while being pursued by police, leaving one person injured, was behind bars today.
Ivan Tremayne Turner, 31, of Moreno Valley, was arrested on the afternoon of Wednesday Feb. 27 on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, gang activity and parole violations after a chase that started in Hemet and ended with a collision in neighboring San Jacinto.
Turner is being held without bail at Banning’s Smith Correctional Facility.
According to Hemet police Lt. Eric Dickson, Turner had an outstanding warrant for his arrest related to weapons allegations and was recognized by an officer called to an apartment complex in the 500 block of Fruitvale Avenue around 5 p.m. to investigate a verbal altercation in the parking lot.
The officer approached the vehicle in which Turner was sitting and ordered the convicted felon to show his hands, which he ignored, speeding away in a northerly direction, Dickson said.
He said the officer pursued Turner into San Jacinto on surface streets at speeds of around 50 mph.
“Ultimately, the pursuit traveled north onto Hewitt Street, approaching Esplanade Avenue, and the suspect drove into the southbound lanes of Hewitt before driving through a red signal at Esplanade,” the lieutenant said. “The suspect’s vehicle collided into two vehicles on Esplanade, which disabled the suspect’s vehicle.”
Dickson alleged the parolee ran away, hurtling walls and racing through yards with the officer on his tail, catching him moments later.
The driver of one of the vehicles struck in the crash was taken to a hospital with possible internal injuries. His condition was not immediately known.
Turner also was treated at a hospital for minor injuries before he was booked into jail.
The officer was not hurt.