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Authorities: Interstate-5 chase was drug-related

Parolee is taken into custody after allegedly throwing $100K in methamphetamine out SUV window

Posted: May 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

A Sacramento parolee tossed about $100,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine from his SUV while speeding through the Santa Clarita Valley during a high-speed chase Tuesday morning, authorities said Wednesday.

Ruben Ralph Moreno, 34, was being held Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on $250,000 bail on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for sales, according to arrest records.

The pursuit lasted about an hour with speeds reaching 90 mph and spanned 55 miles on Interstate 5 near Lyons Avenue to State Route 166 just south of Bakersfield, according to a statement.

Officers attempted to perform a traffic stop after they clocked a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe driving north on Interstate 5 at about 80 mph at 10:30 a.m.

When officers turned on their emergency lights, Moreno allegedly sped up to 90 mph, Sgt. Rick Miler of the California Highway Patrol said.

As officers chased the Tahoe north, officers said Moreno started tossing freezer bags filled with a substance believed to be crystal methamphetamine.

“He rolled down his window, tore open bags and a white substance came out,” Miler said. “And then he started tossing out large freezer bags.”

Northbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed for about 20 minutes while officers collected the bags of methamphetamine, Miler said.

Of the eight bags that were tossed out of the window, six were recovered. The two remaining bags had been torn open and blew away, Miler said.

Moreno stopped his SUV near State Route 166 and was arrested at gunpoint, Miler said.

Although Moreno was tossing methamphetamine out the window and speeding, Miler said he drove in a straight line and relatively safely. Nobody was injured during the pursuit.

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