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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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tpaul: Posted: May 7, 2014 4:29 p.m.

Damn , there go's the party this weekend.

Vtown123: Posted: May 7, 2014 4:29 p.m.

Where the hell can you hide out by pyramid? There's nothing out there.

SReilly12: Posted: May 7, 2014 4:34 p.m.

Had this twit gotten hit by a car, I'm sure his family and friends would have blamed the driver for having the nerve to drive on the freeway during his get away.

Lotus8: Posted: May 7, 2014 4:53 p.m.

Bring out the dogs. They'll find him in two seconds.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: May 7, 2014 4:58 p.m.

The guy must have played "Frogger" a lot back in the day.

bobforte: Posted: May 8, 2014 6:27 a.m.

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

Then he wasn't detained.

Unreal: Posted: May 8, 2014 8:47 a.m.

Large bags? Sounds like pot, maybe shake (loose leaves not buds) left from harvesting the buds. Really not worth much but some people still smoke this.
Kinda like the difference between beer and whisky. Will still get you high.
Some people try to make hash oil out of the left over leaves.

I am leaning toward pot since if it was heroin the cops usually want to let it be known that they made a "big" bust.

If he had his cell phone in his pocket he may have been picked up by now.

Unreal: Posted: May 8, 2014 8:50 a.m.

It also does not sound like he was "arrested" at the time he ran. It sounds like he was placed in the back of the cruiser while they searched his car before they had a reason to "arrest" him.

missyJk: Posted: May 8, 2014 8:50 a.m.

i thought we only see those type of escapes in the movies

Vtown123: Posted: May 8, 2014 8:59 a.m.

Detained doesn't mean handcuffed, it means held against your will. Still don't understand how he could have got away.

chefgirl358: Posted: May 8, 2014 9:05 a.m.

Unreal, exactly what I was thinking.

Unreal: Posted: May 8, 2014 9:45 a.m.

If it was pot, look at all the money and man power we are spending to deal with someone with a dead plant in their car! Ridicules. Again, I have not smoked in over 3 decades but I do pay a butt load in taxes I don't want wasted chasing him or paying for this guy's room and board for a couple years. Go catch a real criminal please.

chefgirl358: Posted: May 8, 2014 3:08 p.m.

I do. I want people prosecuted and jailed for dealing/transporting/growing/manufacturing dope, including marijuana.

They are absolutely real criminals beginning with the absolute destruction of wildlife when they set up these disgusting illegal grows in the forest or wherever and pose a tremendous hazard (armed men usually are camped out at the grows) to hikers, etc. OR if they grow the crap in a house in a residential area, it's a fire hazard to everyone else who lives in the vicinity, and a hazard for first responders due to the lack of oxygen in those places. Pot is absolutely a gateway drug, and if your attitude is that it's a harmless thing, then kids will adapt the same beliefs - why shouldn't they smoke it if everyone thinks it's no big deal? I'm not saying they won't do it regardless, of course that happens all the time, but it would happen even more if it was just open season for dope smoking. These idiots get high, get in a car, and are just as dangerous as anyone under the influence of any substance. Money from these enterprises fund illegal criminal activity from the Mexican drug cartel to whatever else some creep can dream up. Bottom line, I don't want these losers around me or in my community. A criminal is a criminal is a criminal. Catch them all and throw their butts in jail.

DMeyer: Posted: May 9, 2014 1:50 a.m.

It was 88 pounds of crystal meth. Good job deputies....way to get these drug dealers/distributors off the streets.

chefgirl358: Posted: May 9, 2014 11:52 a.m.

Awesome job guys!

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