Parolee Arrested After Fleeing From Police

Police tried to stop the vehicle as it went south on Madison Avenue south of Murrieta Hot Springs, but the driver sped away, an official says.


A parolee who allegedly initially failed to yield when Murrieta police attempted to pull him over was behind bars Friday.

Officers sought to pull over the driver of a 1995 GMC Suburban at about 10:53 a.m. as he headed into Temecula on Madison Avenue south of Murrieta Hot Springs Road.

He ultimately yielded to officers after turning left onto Guava Street, a dead end, according to Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad.

"After contacting the driver and front passenger, officers learned the driver was a parolee at large wanted by the California Department of Corrections," Conrad said in a news release.

The passenger also was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant for driving on a suspended or revoked license, the lieutenant said. The passenger, Juan Mendez, 36, of Oceanside, was citied for the warrant and released at the scene, he said.

The driver, Matthew Lee Grant, 37, of Sun Valley, was arrested and booked at on suspicion of violating his parole, Conrad said.

The stop was initially conducted for an alleged vehicle code violation, Conrad said.

Because Grant "failed to yield in a timely manner to the officer's lights and siren," he was additionally cited for failing to comply with a law enforcement order, a misdemeanor, Conrad said.

Officers conducted a search of the car while they detained both Grant and Mendez.

"In this case, the reason is twofold…after an arrest, a vehicle is searched...and in this case, the driver, a parolee, has terms of his parole that allow law enforcement to search his vehicle," Conrad said, in an email to Patch.

The SUV, which had Washington plates, was towed and stored following the arrest, Conrad said.

Thomas Termini March 31, 2012 at 03:43 PM
There was a high speed chase on the 15 south last week in between Winchester and Rancho. A police car was following a motorcyclist. I truly expected to find the motorcyclist down on the pavement. Was there a story?
Brenda March 31, 2012 at 07:02 PM
There was something in the paper Thomas, and the motorcyclist said he was stupid for running. Something like that. Search through and you will find it in the articles.
Brenda March 31, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Great Bust Murrieta. Sure am glad there was not a baby in that car seat and no one was injured. 2 more off the streets and I hope more then temporarily.
kasey March 31, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Our money is paying for this guy in there, for not properly yeilding! Give me a break.
TVOR March 31, 2012 at 11:49 PM
He wasn't arrested for failure to yield, he was arrested for a parole violation. When they let you out on your promise to behave and you don't behave, you get to go back.


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