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1 pound of marijuana recovered after pursuit in Apple Valley Friday night

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( — Sheriff’s officials arrested a 25-year-old Adelanto man and found nearly 1 pound of marijuana after leading them on a pursuit Friday night.

It happened on August 31, 2018, at about 10:00 pm, when Sergeant Evans with the Apple Valley Police Department saw a silver Infinity G35 traveling eastbound on Highway 18, near Navajo Road at an unsafe speed.

“The vehicle was weaving in and out of traffic and the driver, later identified as the suspect, Michael Franz, showed no regard for the safety of other motorists,” stated a sheriff’s news release.

The Sgt. attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle, however, Franz failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated leading deputies thru residential neighborhoods south of State highway 18.

According to the release, “during the pursuit, Franz left the paved roadway and entered the desert at high speeds. Franz lost control of the vehicle and struck debris causing his vehicle to become disabled.”

Franz ditched his vehicle and fled on foot. A Sheriff’s Aviation helicopter along with a Sheriff’s K9 unit assisted with the search of the suspect. He was found hiding nearby in the 13000 block of Osage Road.

Officials said, approximately one pound of marijuana was recovered from Franz’ vehicle.

Franz was arrested, checked out medically and booked at the High Desert Detention Center for Felony Evading and Transportation of Marijuana. He’s currently being held in lieu of a $100,000 bail and is scheduled to for arraignment in a Victorville courtroom on September 5, 2018.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Sergeant James R. Evans at (760)240-7400.


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