Hemet Suspect Behind Bars

HEMET – A man who allegedly tried running down gang officers at a fast-food restaurant in Hemet and then led authorities on a high-speed chase on the Moreno Valley (60) Freeway remained behind bars today, the Hemet Police Department reported.

Nicolas Stuart Conrad Kelly, 24, of Hemet, was arrested Friday and was later booked for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, felony evading and committing a felony while out on bail. He remained in custody today in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to jail records.

The tumult began at 1:30 p.m. when one of the police officers assigned to a gang detail tried approaching Kelly about his Dodge Charger, which they believed had been involved in a hit and run case. Kelly was sitting inside the vehicle with a passenger at the drive-thru exit of the West Florida Avenue eatery when he allegedly sped toward the officers and drove over a curb and planter, according to Hemet police.

One of the gang officers dove behind a wall to avoid getting hit. Police officers spotted the vehicle at a residential street but it sped north toward San Jacinto, and later reached speeds of 120 mph on Gilman Springs Road. The Charger then entered westbound Moreno Valley (60) Freeway, Hemet police reported.

Kelly eventually pulled over on the freeway west of Nason Street in Moreno Valley and surrendered himself. Kelly and his passenger were arrested but Lt. Eric Dickson said today the passenger was released.

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