BIG BEAR – A Lucerne Valley man was arrested for being under the influence under a pursuit on Wednesday afternoon. Michael James Davis, 33, was driving in the area of North Shore Drive and Division Drive in Big Bear City at around 4:20 p.m. A deputy from the Big Bear station noticed that the white Mustang Davis was driving had expired tags. The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop, but the vehicle failed to pull over and continued to drive on North Shore Drive. Davis made unsafe maneuvers, speeding up and passing vehicles over the double yellow line authorities said.
The pursuit went through the Town of Fawnskin and down Highway 18 towards Running Springs. Additional units responded to the scene to assist with tracking the vehicle and preparing to deploy spike strips. Davis made a U-turn on Highway 18 and headed east toward the City of Big Bear Lake. Speeds reached up to 80 miles per hour through the winding mountain roads and in order to ensure public safety, deputies continued to follow and monitor the vehicle. The vehicle was safely stopped using the Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver near Big Bear Boulevard and Jeffries Road.
Davis was found to have alcohol in his vehicle and was determined to be under the influence. Authorities also learned that Davis was on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department for a previous criminal violation. He was arrested and booked into the Big Bear Jail on felony charges of evading a peace officer and disregard for public safety, and a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He is being held without bail and is scheduled to appear at the San Bernardino Superior Court for an arraignment hearing on Friday afternoon.
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