Two men who allegedly stole a tow truck and rammed it through a sheriff’s training facility while leading police on a wild pursuit remained jailed Saturday.
The pursuit began Friday morning when the owner of the stolen flatbed tow truck told a dispatcher that he had seen his truck near the intersection of Van Buren Boulevard and Cole Street, in the Orangecrest neighborhood, Riverside police said.
The owner also reported that the tow truck was carrying a black Nissan Altima that had not been there previously.
An officer spotted the tow truck heading south on Wood Road at Lurin Street, and when the officer tried to pull the driver over, the tow truck sped away, according to police.
A pursuit began and extended into unincorporated county roads south of Riverside with the truck’s driver plowing into a fence at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Ben Clark Training Center and continuing into the adjacent Altavita Village neighborhood, police said.
When the car being carried by the tow truck — which was also believed to be stolen — began coming loose, the tow truck’s driver began intentionally swerving to free it, police said.
The Nissan eventually came free and the pursuit continued until the tow truck stopped and the two suspects inside ran off on foot.
Alejandro Cervantes, 35, and Jorge Alonzo, 22, both of Moreno Valley were quickly apprehended by police and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of felony evading, possession of stolen vehicles and vandalism.
They remained jail in lieu of $10,000 bail each.