Man leads police on pursuit, ditches car in Menifee


MENIFEE — Two people were arrested after a driver led law enforcement on a wild pursuit through the Inland Empire, then ditched his car and ran into a home in Menifee late Friday night.

The chase began around 9 p.m., when sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about a burglary in progress at a home in the 21000 block of Harvill Avenue in the Mead Valley area near Perris, Riverside County sheriff’s Deputy Mike Vasquez said.

Deputies tried to stop an SUV believed to be connected to the burglary call but the driver refused to yield, first fleeing north on Interstate 215, then back and forth on state Route 60 in the Riverside area before finally heading back down I-215, Vasquez said.

With police still in hot pursuit, the driver exited the freeway in Menifee and ended up in a residential neighborhood.

Around 10:15 p.m., the man stopped his car and jumped through multiple backyards before running into a home near the intersection of Northmoore Place and Greenview Avenue, while his female passenger stayed inside the vehicle.

Police were able to arrest both the driver and passenger within a few minutes.

It wasn’t clear if anyone was in the home at the time, or if anyone was injured.

The suspects’ identities were not immediately available.