A Riverside man was arrested by Yucca Valley deputies following a 35-mile high-speed chase early Saturday morning. Deputies tried to make a traffic stop on a vehicle on Old Woman Springs Road near Hillcrest Drive in Yucca Valley about 3:30 a.m. The driver, later identified as Samuel Deckard, 19, failed to yield and sped off northbound on OWS at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. Lucerne Valley deputies set up a spike strip on Old Woman Springs Road near Oakdale Avenue in Lucerne Valley. The spike strip was successful and disabled Deckard’s vehicle. Deckard was taken in to custody by Yucca Valley deputies without further incident. Deputies located a handgun, ammunition, and a large capacity magazine located inside Deckard’s vehicle; Deckard is a convicted felon and on probation. Samuel Deckard was arrested for investigation of reckless evading of a peace officer and being a felon in possession of a firerm; booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $100,000.
A Joshua Tree man is in custody after ramming a Sheriff’s patrol car during a 52-mile pursuit. Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Smit said at about 4:44 p.m. Friday, May 29, deputies attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle driven by Raymond Williams, 47, in the 4500 block of Avenida La Mirada in Joshua Tree. Williams failed to yield and led deputies on a 52-mile pursuit through Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley. During the pursuit, Williams rammed a pursuing patrol vehicle with his vehicle in attempt to evade deputies. Deputies were able to take Williams into custody in the Lucerne Valley area after his vehicle was disabled and he ran from the scene; he left two simulated assault weapons inside the vehicle. Raymond Williams was booked into the High Desert Detention Center and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at 760-366-4175.
The Morongo Basin had three motorcycle pursuits in just a week, all resulting in arrests.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested late Monday night following a high-speed pursuit through Joshua Tree National Park. About 11:15 p.m., CHP officers spotted Ehrrich Grenzow, 30, driving a 2003 Honda 600 motorcycle eastbound on Highway 62 just east of Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Grenzow was swerving in and out of both eastbound lanes. Officers attempted a traffic stop near Split Rock Avenue and Grenzow sped off at a high rate of speed. Grenzow turned south onto Utah Trail and drove into the national park at more than 90 miles per hour. CHP officers pursued him through the park until he exited at the Joshua Tree gate. Grenzow then turned onto a dirt road, Coyote Lane, and due to his level of intoxication and speed, he drove straight through the T-intersection at Single Tree Road, over a dirt berm, and lost control of his motorcycle in the open desert. Ehrrich Grenzow was arrested for investigation of felony failure to yield and driving under the influence of drugs, booked into West Valley Detention Center, and released with no bail.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Friday night following a pursuit in Yucca Valley. A deputy attempted to stop a motorcycle for not having its lights on about 10:45 p.m. near Church Street and Highway 62. The motorcycle rider, Brandon Ebenal, 28, took off and broke several vehicle code violations. The pursuit was for nearly three miles before deputies were able to take Ebenal into custody. Brandon Ebenal was arrested for investigation of felony failure to yield, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, and is being held on a no-bail warrant.
A Lake Forrest man was arrested last Thursday following a pursuit in Yucca Valley. According to the CHP, Shervin Hosselnian, 45, was driving a 2007 Honda 1000 motorcycle southbound on Old Woman Springs Road at about 85 miles per hour about 10:45 a.m. Officer Jake Griffith was driving a marked patrol unit northbound on the highway and noticed Hosselnian’s speed near Luna Vista Lane; Griffith made a U-turn and started a pursuit, Hosselnian then sped up to over 120 miles per hour. CHP Sergeant Randy O’Brien was also traveling northbound; Hosselnian spotted O’Brien and turned west onto the dirt road of Terra Vista Drive, followed by the two CHP patrol cars. Hosselnian failed to negotiate a turn and lost control of the motorcycle. Shervin Hosselnian was arrested for investigation of felony failure to yield and driving on a suspended license, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, and released with no bail.
A Palm Desert man was arrested in Morongo Valley after he led deputies on a pursuit Tuesday morning. About 10:45 a.m., a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop near Highway 62 and Mountain View Trail in Morongo Valley on a blue Jeep Cherokee after determining the Cherokee’s license plate belonged to a different vehicle. The driver, Charles Kirkpatrick, 31, refused to stop and drove toward Desert Hot Springs. The pursuing deputy, who recognized Kirkpatrick, said Kirkpatrick drove with no regard for public safety. The pursuit ended when Kirkpatrick drove into the open desert south of Indian Trail near the Mission Lakes neighborhood of Desert Hot Springs. About 20 minutes later, deputies located Kirkpatrick when he emerged from the desert area on foot. A Sheriff’s helicopter located the Jeep on its roof in the desert. A records check revealed that the Jeep Cherokee had been stolen out of Thousand Palms on May 12. Riverside County CHP officers are conducting the stolen vehicle investigation.
Kirkpatrick had been arrested January 24 with a different stolen vehicle. Due to the emergency bail schedule, Kirkpatrick had been released from jail April 17.
Charles Kirkpatrick was arrested for investigation of felony failure to yield, possession of a stolen vehicle, and committing an offense while on bail. He was booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $150,000.
A Washington state man (whose Facebook page says he is a resident of Palm Desert) was arrested in Desert Hot Springs Monday after he led deputies on a 22-mile pursuit through the Morongo Basin. About 8:20 p.m., a deputy tried to make a traffic stop of a Honda that was traveling westbound on Highway 62 near Palm Avenue in Yucca Valley. The driver, later identified as Wyatt Henderson, 24, failed to yield and led deputies on a high-speed pursuit through Yucca Valley and Morongo Valley and into Desert Hot Springs. The deputy reported that Henderson also drove into oncoming traffic with wanton disregard for the public’s safety. Henderson eventually lost control of his vehicle in a residential neighborhood in the 13900 block of Cuyamaca Drive in Desert Hot Springs and crashed the Honda. He was taken into custody by deputies after trying to flee the scene. Deputies determined that the Honda Henderson had been driving had been reported stolen out of Rancho Mirage. Wyatt Henderson was arrested for investigation of being in possession of a stolen vehicle and for felony evading, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $100,000.