VICTORVILLE – A Hesperia man was located inside of a utility yard ice machine after a brief pursuit with authorities Monday afternoon. At around 12:21 p.m. a deputy from the Victorville station recognized a vehicle reported stolen out of the Hesperia area. The vehicle, that was leaving a store on 7th Street and La Paz Drive in the City of Victorville was occupied by a male, later identified as Seth Fontaine, 21, and two females.
The deputy followed the Honda Civic as she completed a records check on it. When the driver noticed, he accelerated and attempted to get away from the deputy. He continued speeding and failing to stop at red lights and ran over two signs posted at the dead end of Del Norte Drive authorities said. He fled from the vehicle on foot and the deputy followed later locating him hiding inside of the ice machine. The two female passengers were detained at the vehicle by other deputies.
“Upon further investigation, it was discovered the vehicle had been stolen and that one of the female passengers had asked Fontaine to let her out of the vehicle several times during the pursuit and he refused to do so,” said Victorville Sheriff’s Station spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez in the news release. Fontaine was booked into the High Desert Detention Center for kidnapping, possession of a stolen vehicle, and evading a peace officer. He is scheduled to appear in Victorville Superior Court on February 22, 2017 and is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
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