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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: June 26, 2014


INCIDENT: VC 10851 - Theft and Unlawful Taking or Driving of a Vehicle 


LOCATION: Highland / Victoria, Highland Ca


SUSPECT(S): Adam Lopez, 24 years of age


On June 26, 2014 at approximately 0830 hours, Deputies from the Highland Station were notified of a stolen vehicle in the area of Victoria Avenue and Highland Avenue in the city of Highland. Initially, deputies were unable to locate the vehicle. At approximately 0850 hours, Deputy Cruz observed a matching vehicle near the intersection. A records check on the vehicle’s license plate confirmed the vehicle as stolen. Deputy Cruz followed the stolen vehicle until an air support unit arrived.


With a Sheriff’s Aviation unit overhead, Deputy Cruz attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle on the 215 freeway near the Barton Street exit. Instead of pulling over, the stolen vehicle driven by suspect Adam Lopez accelerated to speeds near 100 MPH. Due to the suspect’s actions, pursing deputies backed off and allowed the aviation unit to follow the stolen vehicle.


One minute after the pursuit began Lopez exited the La Cadena exit in the city of Colton. Lopez crashed the stolen vehicle into a guard rail on the off-ramp and fled on foot into a freeway construction area. Deputies were able to locate Lopez and take him into custody.


Lopez was booked into West Valley Detention Center on vehicle theft and evading charges.




Refer: Deputy Dave Cruz


Station: Highland Station


Phone No. (909) 425-9793


Case No. 131402593



John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700

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