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Phelan Man Arrested After Chase and Foot Pursuit Near Mormon Rocks

CAJON PASS, Calif. ( A 26-year-old Phelan man is currently being held in lieu of a $100,000 bail for stealing a vehicle and evading a police officer.

On Thursday, April 25, 2017 at approximately 6:00 am, deputies from the Victor Valley Station received the report of an abandoned vehicle in the area of US Hwy 138 and Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass.

Deputy Molly Leiker confirmed the maintenance vehicle from CR&R Disposal company was a stolen vehicle and immediately responded. Upon arrival, the deputy observed a white male adult removing items from the stolen vehicle and placing them in a black Ford F150 truck.

When Deputy Leiker pulled up behind the suspect, later identified as Johnathan Demay, and activated her overhead lights Demay immediately drove over a dirt berm and onto US Hwy 138.

Demay failed to yield to deputies for a couple of miles, driving at speeds of approximately 50 miles per hour through a construction zone, unsafely passing vehicles on the shoulder of the road, and hitting K-Rail that was affixed to the roadway due to the construction. Demay then drove his vehicle off the roadway into the soft sand near the Mormon Rocks, getting his truck stuck in the sand. He exited the vehicle and fled on foot to the top of the rocks. Once at the top of the rocks he realized he had nowhere else to run and placed his hands in the air.

Due to the location, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s aviation division assisted in the apprehension by landing, placing Demay under arrest, and airlifting him off the mountain.

Jonathan Demay is currently being held at the High Desert Detention Center in lieu of $100,000.00 bail.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Deputy Molly Leiker at the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6801. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at

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