Police Arrest Suspect Following High-Speed Chase

Story updated at 11:15 a.m. Friday: Paramedics load a suspect into an ambulance late Thursday afternoon at the end of a high-speed cha...

Story updated at 11:15 a.m. Friday:

Paramedics load a suspect into an ambulance late Thursday afternoon at the end of a high-speed chase.
Murrieta 24/7 photos by Kristen Spoon

A San Diego man led Riverside County Sheriff's deputies and local police on a high-speed chase through Temecula and Murrieta Thursday afternoon before abandoning his vehicle and being taken into custody on rural property at Clinton Keith Road east of Whitewood Road.

Michael Perkins, 37, was booked into Southwest Detention Center for DUI, committing a felony while out on bail, violation of probation and possession of a controlled substance, according to authorities. Officers using K9 units tracked down the suspect and apprehended him on a five-acre private residence in the 21800 block of Clinton Keith Road.

The incident began when Temecula Police officers attempted a traffic stop of a vehicle driving erratically near the intersection of Diaz Road and Winchester Road, according to Deputy Mike Vasquez of the Sheriff's Department. When the vehicle failed to yield to officers, a pursuit began that continued into Murrieta and across Clinton Keith to the east side of town.

The suspect stopped the vehicle near Clinton Keith and Whitewood Road and ran into a heavily wooded area east of Whitewood, where Clinton Keith becomes a dirt road, Vasquez said. Deputies closed off Clinton Keith to traffic east of Whitewood until the suspect was taken into custody.

Murrieta 24/7 was on scene about 5:45 p.m. Thursday as officers began to search the rural area of Clinton Keith Road. After being discovered and led to a waiting patrol car, the suspect was examined by paramedics and taken away by ambulance.

On the property was a white and green van, marked as a van pool vehicle. A van of this description was seen by witnesses being chased by police further west in the city moments earlier. There was no report of a stolen vehicle regarding the incident, however, according to Vasquez.

Riverside County Sheriff's deputies were assisted by Murrieta Police at the scene.

Officers guarded the entrance to a crime scene on Clinton Keith Road during the search for a suspect Thursday.


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