An ex-con accused of fleeing from Hemet police in a stolen vehicle and leading officers on a pursuit through the downtown area that ended when he ran over a spike strip was charged Friday with felony evading and other offenses.
Anthony Charles Warino, 52, of Moreno Valley was arrested Tuesday after the roughly 2-mile chase that began in the area of Oakland Avenue and San Jacinto Street.
Along with the evading count, Warino is charged with eluding a peace officer, receiving a stolen vehicle and a sentence-enhancing allegation of committing a crime within five years of parole from state prison.
Warino is being held in lieu of $210,000 bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta and is slated to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon at the Banning Justice Center.
According to Hemet Police Lt. Jeff Davis, at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, a patrol officer spotted a car with an undisclosed vehicle code violation on Oakland and signaled the driver — Warino — to stop, which he did.
Before the officer got out of his patrol unit, he checked the plate on the vehicle and learned that the car had been reported stolen a week earlier, Davis said. Just as the patrolman received the information, the defendant allegedly floored the sedan, prompting the officer to give chase, according to the lieutenant.
He alleged that Warino sped westbound, and the pursuing officer radioed for assistance.
In the 600 block of Toledo Drive, a fellow officer deployed a spike strip as the pursuit neared his location, and Warino ran over it, disabling the alleged stolen vehicle, at which point the convicted felon surrendered, according to Davis.
Warino was taken into custody without further incident.
No one was injured.
According to court records, the defendant has two prior convictions in another jurisdiction, though the offenses were not specified. He also has an unresolved felony case pending from March for alleged receipt of stolen property.
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