A Murrieta Police Officer attempted to stop a black motorcycle Wednesday, Feb. 4, but the rider took off and a police pursuit ensued, according to reports.
According to scanner chatter and confirmed reports, the officer attempted to stop the motorcycle at about 12:50 p.m. near Weeping Willow and Washington Ave. in Murrieta, but the rider wearing a blue shirt and black helmet was able to evade the officer.
A red Ford SUV was also stopped by police because it was believed that the SUV was involved. Police then detained the driver of the SUV pending their investigation.
Additional officers responded in an attempt to locate the driver of the motorcycle.
While police were searching the area and talking with the driver of the SUV, a black motorcycle matching the description was found parked on the wrong side of the road at Madeira and Sherry lanes, according to reports.
Police then found a pedestrian wearing a gray undershirt style tank top and blue jeans walking in a neighborhood about a block away. Police detained the man while they conducted their investigation.
While searching the area for evidence, police found a black helmet and a blue shirt along Madeira Lane where the motorcycle was found.
According to scanner chatter, a key was found in the pedestrian’s pocket that fit the ignition of the motorcycle.
Jail records indicate that Andrew James Willia De Frantz, 21, was arrested by Murrieta police at 2:37 p.m. on Golden Mist Drive, which is about one block from where the motorcycle was found.
De Frantz was arrested for allegedly evading police, driving on a suspended license, failure to drive at a safe speed and for allegedly giving a false ID/registration card, according to jail records. He has since been released on $2,500 bail.
Valley News will update this article when more information is released.
Joe Fanaselle contributed to this report.