VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com)– Two convicted felons with loaded firearms were arrested following a dangerous high-speed pursuit Saturday.
On February 27, 2017, Deputy O. Reyes, with the Victorville Police Department, observed a vehicle that was not displaying front and rear license plates, in violation of California Vehicle Code 5200(A). Reyes initiated a traffic stop on Bear Valley Road at the intersection of Cottonwood Avenue.
The driver of the 2005 Infiniti, later identified as Bryan Saldana, 40, a resident of Colorado, accelerated away from Deputy Reyes, failing to yield to the activated red lights and siren of Reyes’ marked patrol vehicle.
Saldana continued to evade Reyes for approximately four miles. During the pursuit Saldana drove at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, running two red lights along Bear Valley Road and swerving into oncoming traffic lanes.
Saldana attempted to turn southbound onto Peach Avenue and lost control of the Infiniti, crashing into a fence on a residential property.
Saldana, a male passenger, identified as Jason Lopez, 45, also a resident of Colorado and an unidentified female passenger all exited the vehicle and ran from the scene. After a short foot pursuit, Saldana and Lopez were captured and detained. The female passenger was not located and is still outstanding.
A search of the suspect vehicle was conducted. Inside the vehicle deputies located two loaded firearms and several rounds of ammunition. Both Saldana and Lopez were found to be convicted felons, prohibiting them from being in possession of a firearm.
Both men were arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center. Saldana was booked for being a felon in possession of a firearm and evading a peace officer. Lopez was booked for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Additional deputies from Victorville Police Department, Hesperia Police Department, Apple Valley Police Department and the Victor Valley Station assisted Reyes on the call.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
(SBSD – Victorville Police Department news release)