Burglary Suspect Arrested After Car Chase, Foot Pursuit

Temecula Police arrested a burglary suspect Friday afternoon after a high-speed chase that resulted in a single-car collision and foot pursuit in French Valley.

According to the police report, officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress in the 41000 block of Placer Lafite in Temecula. Upon arrival, officers approaching the residence on foot came upon a suspect leaving the residence carrying property. The suspect saw the officers and fled the area at a high rate of speed in a white Mercedes.

Responding officers set a perimeter in the area in an attempt to locate the suspect, while the officers at the scene determined the front door to the residence had been forced open and a burglary had occurred.

About 10 minutes later, an officer in French Valley saw a white Mercedes driving the opposite direction at a high rate of speed. Believing the white Mercedes was the suspect vehicle, the officer turned around to try and stop the vehicle. The officer lost sight of the Mercedes. A short time later, the vehicle was seen on Auld Road, proceeding toward Winchester Road.

According to police, an officer spotted the vehicle and attempted to stop it. The vehicle accelerated away. The officer chased the vehicle onto Winchester Road, where the suspect lost control of the Mercedes and crashed through a fence and into an open field.

The suspect fled the vehicle and was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit. He was later found in possession of property stolen in the burglary. Additionally, he was found to have felony warrants from two adjoining counties.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, was transported to the Temecula Station. Anyone with further information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact the Temecula Police Department at 951-696-3000.


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