APPLE VALLEY, Calif. — Travis Brown, 27, of Hesperia was arrested after failing to yield and crashing to the riverbed where cops found harvested marijuana plants inside his vehicle, officials said.
On Thursday, May 24, 2018, at approximately 10:15 am, Detectives Roosevelt Dutra and Jonathan Andersen were in an unmarked unit when they saw a gold-colored Toyota sedan driving southbound on Kiowa Road near Bear Valley Road.
The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, later identified as Travis Brown, was driving in the center median passing cars. Brown continued south on Kiowa Road, driving erratically, passing cars on the right in the dirt shoulder, speeding, honking his horn and driving into the opposing lane.
Det. Dutra activated his emergency lights and siren, but Brown did not yield. Brown accelerated away at a high rate of speed without regard for the public’s safety, running stop signs and driving on dirt roads.
Brown continued to Poppy Road traveling westbound toward the riverbed. Brown did not negotiate his vehicle for the road to end at the riverbed and launched his car approximately 100 feet into the riverbed bottom, disabling his vehicle. Brown ran from the vehicle and jumped the block wall to the gated Del Webb community known as Sun City.
Helpful citizens were able to direct deputies to Brown’s general whereabouts where he was found hiding behind trash cans at a nearby residence and was taken into custody.
The Toyota sedan Brown was driving was a rented vehicle and found to have freshly harvested marijuana plants and equipment commonly used to grow marijuana.
Brown was booked into the High Desert Detention Center for felony failure to yield and a violation of his parole.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Apple Valley Station at (760) 240-7400. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you can leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com
(source: Apple Valley Police Department news release)