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Pursuit suspect reverses into Hesperia deputies causing them to fire less-lethal rounds



HESPERIA, Calif. ( — What should have been a routine traffic stop on a vehicle quickly turned into a dangerous situation for several police officers.

It happened on September 12, 2018, at about 3:00 am, when Deputy Martinez attempted to pull over a vehicle for driving with no light’s in the area of C Avenue and Sultana Street in Hesperia.

According to sheriff’s officials, the vehicle failed to yield and continued to travel southbound on C Avenue and a traffic pursuit ensued.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Miguel Angel Vargas Moran, 34, continued to evade deputies and traveled into an alleyway that came to a dead end.

The vehicle stopped and Deputy Martinez along with various other deputies began to give the suspect multiple commands to exit the vehicle, which he refused.

Moran turned the engine off for a bit and then turned it back on, revved the engine, and reversed the vehicle coming within 10 feet of colliding with Deputy Martinez’ unit which Deputy Martinez was standing behind the driver side door.

Fearing the suspect would continue to travel in reverse, deputies began to fire less than lethal rounds into the vehicle. The driver then placed the vehicle in drive and got stuck after attempting to travel.

After a short while, the driver finally exited the vehicle and was taken into custody.

According to public arrest records, Moran was charged with PC69 Obstructing/Resisting a Peace Officer and VC2800.1(A) Evading a Peace Officer. His bail is set at $50,000 and he appeared for arraignment in a Victorville courtroom today.

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