VICTORVILLE:(VVNG.com)- At approximately 2:25 p.m. a California Highway Patrol officer attempted to make a routine traffic stop of a dark blue 2008 Jeep Cherokee. The vehicle was heading southbound on Highway 395 when officer initiated the stop. The driver then headed westbound on Eucalyptus already reaching speeds over 90 miles per hour. The driver’s failure to stop lead the officer to call for back up.
Sheriff units as well as a Sheriff Helicopter were dispatched to the area to assist in what was quickly becoming a dangerous high-speed pursuit. The chase lead units through dirt roads reaching National Trails Highway at approximately 3:09 p.m. A patrol car performed a Pit Maneuver on National Trails Highway (North D St.) causing the vehicle to lose control bringing the vehicle to a stop near Holland Burger Restaurant. The patrol vehicle sustained front end damage including loosing its bumper.
The driver and passenger exited the vehicle and were taken into custody without further incident. A witness at the scene reported that the driver of the vehicle was an unlicensed driver that was driving under the influence. “The driver said he didn’t want to stop because he was scared you can smell the alcohol still,” said Teresa Jeffers.
Traffic in the area was temporarily closed to traffic in both directions on National Trails Highway (North D St) and Air Expressway reopening shortly after the arrest.