GRAND TERRACE – A 19-year-old Riverside man was injured after leading police on a high-speed pursuit Thursday morning. Just before 1:00 a.m. a deputy was on an unrelated traffic stop when he heard the screeching of tires while driving southbound toward him on Barton Road. The white Audi, driven by Alejandro Gonzalez was traveling at a high rate of speed.
The deputy went back to his patrol car to attempt to stop Gonzalez. He activated his lights but the driver continued northbound on Preston Street accelerating away from the deputy into a residential area at speeds in excess of 70 MPH. When he reached Eton and Minona Drives Gonzalez hit a dip causing the Audi to go airborne.
As the vehicle landed the tires blew out and Gonzalez lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle crashed into a tree and although the Gonzalez was injured he attempted to flee on foot. The deputy caught him and took him into custody without further incident. He was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center for the treatment of his injuries.
The vehicle driven by Gonzalez was a stolen vehicle authorities said. The vehicle was totaled and a criminal case was submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for felony evading, driving while intoxicated, hit and run and vehicle theft.
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