San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
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