MURRIETA (CNS) – A 21-year-old man accused of stealing a car in Lake Elsinore and attempting to flee from sheriff’s deputies until he struck rocks on a dead end street and crashed was charged Tuesday with felony evading and other offenses.
Abel Stephan Hall was arrested Thursday after the pursuit that began in Lakeland Village.
Along with the evading count, Hall was charged with auto theft and eluding a peace officer. He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Byrd Detention Center and is slated to make his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.
According to Riverside County sheriff’s officials, about 1 a.m. Thursday, the convicted felon was spotted driving in the area of Blackwell Boulevard and Brightman Avenue, in the community of Lakeland Village, where patrol deputies ran a check on the car’s license plate, confirming it was stolen.
Deputies signaled Hall to pull over, but he allegedly sped off, prompting the lawmen to give chase, officials said.
“The vehicle pursuit ended when the stolen vehicle became disabled on several rocks and debris at the dead end of Rome Hill Road,” according to a sheriff’s statement.
Hall allegedly tried to bail on foot but was quickly apprehended and taken into custody without further incident.
According to court records, he has prior convictions for receiving a stolen vehicle and possession of controlled substances.