As one Hemet chase was ending, motorcyclist leads officers on second pursuit

HEMET — A motorcyclist who fled from officers was apprehended after leading officials on a high-speed pursuit that ended when the man crashed into another vehicle this afternoon, Thursday, Sept. 5.

After the high-speed crash, the rider fled from the scene of the collision and was eventually taken down by a well-aimed less-lethal Taser deployment. He was later arrested and treated at an area hospital for injuries he received in the collision.

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This afternoon’s pursuit was the second chase to wreak havoc in Hemet within a two-hour period. The first incident- ended when the driver eventually stopped after leading officers on a slow-speed chase through downtown Hemet.

Officers involved in the first incident were forced to deploy numerous less-lethal bean bag and pepperball rounds into the man’s pickup truck to gain his compliance.

A man who appeared disoriented and confused – and was possibly suffering from a medical or mental health crisis – was apprehended after leading officers on a slow speed through downtown Hemet this morning. Gary Rainwater/Hemet Valley Incidents photo

As he was being handcuffed and detained, the man appeared confused and disoriented and video shot at the scene of the man’s apprehension showed that he seemed to have no idea what was happening or why he was stopped. It was not immediately known if the subject was suffering from a medical or mental health crisis and he was later transported to Hemet Valley Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

At around 12:15 p.m., just as officers were finishing their investigation of the first pursuit, other officials began pursuing a motorcyclist who refused to yield to the officer’s lights and sirens.

It was not immediately known what street the second pursuit began on, but official radio traffic at the time indicated the rider continued to flee at high-speed for several blocks until he plowed broadside into a blue SUV at the intersection of San Jacinto St. and Johnston Ave.

A motorcyclist who crashed after leading Hemet police officers on a high-speed pursuit this afternoon was apprehended after an officer deployed a less-lethal Taser to stop the fleeing man. Gary Rainwater/Hemet Valley Incidents photo

After crashing into the SUV, the rider – who has not yet been publicly identified – immediately jumped up and fled on foot from the scene of the collision.

The suspect managed to run about one block to the area of San Jacinto St. and Val Monte Dr., where officers caught up to the running man and deployed a less-lethal Taser to stop the man from fleeing. He was then handcuffed and detained on the front lawn of a private residence.

Hemet Fire and AMR personnel were summoned to the scene to assess the man for injuries and remove the Taser barbs from his body. He was then transported to Hemet Valley Hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries he sustained in the collision.

The motorcyclist who was Tasered after crashing into an SUV during a high-speed pursuit was evaluated at the scene and then transported to Hemet Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries he received in the collision. Gary Rainwater/Hemet Valley Incidents photo

According to witnesses at the scene of the crash, the occupants of the SUV the motorcyclist crashed into appeared “shaken up” but were otherwise uninjured. They were checked out at the scene of the crash by paramedics, but declined further medical treatment.

It was not immediately know what charges if any the first motorist and motorcyclist were facing or why both fled from officers.

Contacted for information and details about the two incidents, Hemet PD advised a Watch Commander was at the hospital with the two subjects and all other officers were busy at the scenes of the two pursuits. A Hemet PD dispatcher advised RCNS that a Watch Commander would call back with details as soon as available.

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These are both developing stories that will be updated as additional information is available.


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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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