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Apple Valley Man Arrested After 5-Minute-Long High-Speed Pursuit


APPLE VALLEY-( A 28-year-old Apple Valley man was arrested Sunday night after leading a deputy from the Apple Valley station on an approximately 5-minute-long high-speed pursuit. The deputy attempted to stop the suspect, identified as Matthew Cataneso on Apple Valley Road near Yucca Loma Road.

Matthew Cataneso (Facebook Image)

At 9:30 p.m. the deputy reported a black Ford Raptor failing to yield when he attempted to stop the vehicle that was driving northbound at speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour. The suspect headed eastbound on Shoshonee Road and sped through the stop sign on Pamlico Road at speeds approaching 130 miles. During the pursuit, the suspect threw an unknown object from the window of the vehicle authorities said.

The suspect fled through surface streets again taking him back to where the pursuit began at Apple Valley Road and Yucca Loma Road. Cataneso again headed northbound then turning westbound on Shoshonee Road and northbound on Mandan Road where he lost control, rolled the vehicle several times then came to a crashing stop on the 14200 block of Mandan Road near Riverside Drive. “He side swiped a power pole, took out about 50 feet of fence, then hit a block wall. He flipped the vehicle over the wall and landed in my neighbors yard upside down,” said Victor Valley News member, John McFarland. 

No injuries were reported as a result of the collision. “When I went out to see what all the sirens were about they had the guy in cuffs and were leading him to the squad car. Ambulance left the scene empty,” added McFarland.  Cataneso was taken into custody and booked into the High Desert Detention Center on suspicion of drunk driving and for evading police.

Cataneso was released on bail on Monday at around 10:00 a.m. and no court dates are scheduled at this time.



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