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Motorcyclist Who Led Cops on 35-Minute Chase Ending at Pechanga Gets 6-Month Jail Sentence

The motorcyclist fled at speeds reaching 115 mph, weaving in and out of traffic in an attempt to get away, officers said.

An unlicensed motorcyclist who fled from Riverside police, leading officers on a roughly 50-mile chase before surrendering, pleaded guilty Thursday to felony reckless driving and was immediately sentenced to six months in jail.

Anthony Fred Chavez, 22, of Riverside, was arrested Jan. 20 following a pursuit that began on the west side of the city and ended outside the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula.

During a status hearing before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Becky Dugan, Chavez dropped his not guilty plea and acknowledged responsibility for his acts. In addition to the felony count, Chavez pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving on a revoked license.

Dugan ordered him to serve 180 days in county jail and three years probation. She also mandated that he complete a counseling program for alcoholics.

According to police, the pursuit began around 4:45 p.m. on Central Avenue when a Riverside patrol unit attempted to stop Chavez, riding a blue Yamaha, for several alleged infractions.

The motorcyclist fled at speeds reaching 115 mph, weaving in and out of traffic in an attempt to get away, officers said.

Ten minutes into the chase, Chavez drove onto the westbound Riverside (91) Freeway, where California Highway Patrol officers joined the pursuit.

The defendant got off the freeway at Tyler Street, went north to Magnolia Avenue, then cut back west, rejoining the freeway at McKinley Street before heading south on Interstate 15, according to police.

Riverside patrol units backed out of the pursuit, leaving CHP units and a Riverside police helicopter crew to follow the fleeing man south into Temecula, where he exited onto city streets and headed toward the Pechanga casino. He surrendered in the parking lot of the business around 5:20 p.m.

No one was injured.


— City News Service.

Larry Cawhorn January 31, 2014 at 10:21 AM
To Riverside County Superior Court Judge Becky Dugan, good to see you taking action to keep our streets safer. Drunk drivers, wild and dangerous drivers, those without licenses should all do jail time the first time stopped by police. No exceptions. Watch the numbers change in favor of the citizens of our county. Thank you for acting on our behalf.
ChrisG January 31, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Agree, thank you Judge. But why the mandatory counseling program for alcoholics? Had he been drinking on top of unlicensed operation and reckless driving? Also probably no insurance. It's tools like him that have our rates so high.
TVOR January 31, 2014 at 11:41 AM
6 months seems like a slap on the wrist for felony evading.
ChrisG January 31, 2014 at 11:57 AM
@TV, I don't know. Nobody was injured or I would feel differently. This kid needs to wise up. Six months seems good to me.
TemeKoala January 31, 2014 at 12:18 PM
The Patch likes to leave important information out of their stories, in particular when it comes to drunks in the area. The Patch and the cops tend to get scared of getting in the way of local alcohol profiteers.
TemeKoala January 31, 2014 at 12:20 PM
@Steve Newman, The Patch isn't going anywhere, they merged with Yahoo, read a little more into the story. So in other words they fired employees because why would Yahoo care about journalistic integrtity? They are the modern day National Inquirer, just create a catchy headline and F the facts.
Steve Newman January 31, 2014 at 03:36 PM
Alek- just going with the info provided. But people still lost their jobs- something you don't care about because like KLeiner-you got your.
Mike Mueller January 31, 2014 at 04:56 PM
@Alek. Patch actually did not merge with Yahoo. AOL sold it to Hale Global, an acquisitions company. If you look at their former investments you will notice a pattern of restructuring and selling of their acquired companies. Patch will likely not be around that much longer.
Steve Newman January 31, 2014 at 05:54 PM
Mike- thanks for the additional info- Alek has a tendency to jump the gun on comments to me- oh well that is life.
TemeKoala January 31, 2014 at 05:57 PM
It's yahoo they try to hide it on purpose with that fake conglomerate crap. wake up a little bit
TemeKoala January 31, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Hale global is owned by yahoo . Don't be a sleeping duck.
Brenda January 31, 2014 at 08:12 PM
I agree Tvor, 6 months is a slap on the wrist and this Judge is the one who sentenced him to that. All because the guy copped a plea, we don't want to put someone in jail very long(he might serve 3 months I bet). I am thankful that no one was injured in his fun little ride around Riverside, but someone, and alot of someones could have been, and killed, and property damage to vehicles. There is a slew of charges that he has basically gotten out of, and yes, got a slap on the wrist. I think its terrible these guys, gals get away with this stuff.
Steve Newman February 01, 2014 at 03:07 PM
Alek- you quack me up.

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