Wild Mead Valley truck chase ends with school crash and lockdown
A parolee who allegedly raced away from sheriff’s deputies during a traffic stop in Mead Valley and drove across several residential properties before crashing into a fence outside a school was being held without bail Thursday.
Hector De La Torre, 32, was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Jail Wednesday on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and parole violations.
According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. William Davis, about 8:30 a.m., a deputy attempted to stop De La Torre near the intersection of Campos and Fox roads for an alleged traffic violation, but the suspect floored the pickup instead.
Davis alleged that the convicted felon drove “recklessly through several yards and fences in Mead Valley,” with the deputy on his tail.
“The truck ultimately became disabled after it collided with a chain link fence at the Tomas Rivera Middle School campus,” the sergeant said.
Deputies arrested De La Torre without further incident. No one was injured.
Davis said the campus was placed on lockdown while a search was conducted for possible contraband that the suspect might have tossed from the pickup. There was no word on where deputies seized the gun allegedly in De La Torre’s possession.
The lockdown was lifted within an hour.
According to court records, the suspect has prior convictions for auto theft, felony evading and burglary.
–City News Service