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UPDATE: Suspect escapes deputies by bolting across I-5

Man being sought after traffic stop on suspected drug offense

Posted: May 7, 2014 4:05 p.m.
Updated: May 7, 2014 5:06 p.m.

A sheriff's deputy searches the vehicle driven by a man suspected of transporting drugs on Interstate 5 south of Pyramid Lake on Wednesday. The suspect escaped custody by kicking out the rear window of the cruiser he was placed into and running across freeway lanes. Signal photo by Austin Dave.

A man arrested on Interstate 5 Wednesday on suspicion of transporting drugs kicked out the rear window of the cruiser he was placed in and ran across the entire freeway to escape sheriff’s deputies, officials said.

More than two dozen sheriff’s vehicles converged on the area south of Pyramid Lake where the man escaped after he was pulled over on the northbound lanes of I-5 around 2:45 p.m.

“He kicked out the window of the cruiser that made the stop,” said Sgt. Delicia Hernandez of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The suspect, described as a male wearing a light blue T-shirt and blue jeans, escaped from the sheriff’s vehicle by kicking out the rear window and bolted across both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-5 after he was detained in the northbound lanes four miles north of Templin Highway, sheriff’s Lt. Tom Bryski said.

Initial sheriff’s reports indicated he was not handcuffed when he made his escape.

More than two dozen sheriff’s deputies scoured the valleys and ravines off the southbound side of the freeway as two sheriff’s helicopters repeatedly circled the area.

Searchers paid particular attention to a 200-foot ravine just north of the truck brake stop on the southbound lanes near Templin Highway. Two deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Parks Bureau were also called in help with the search.

Deputies also positioned themselves along a fire road that wound its way to the top of a hill on the south side of the same ravine.

A canine unit was called in to assist.

“We’re still looking for him,” Bryski said shortly before 4:30 p.m.

Early reports indicated the man was pulled over on a suspected drug offense and allegedly had a “large load of narcotics” in the gray Scion he was driving.

Several dark-colored garbage bags were visible inside the small car.

At 6:50 p.m. Wednesday the search was called off, according to Bryski.
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