A probationer accused of fleeing from Hemet police in a stolen Lexus sedan that he crashed into a light pole at the end of the 18-mile chase was being held Thursday in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Cody Scott Orcutt, 20, of Hemet was arrested Wednesday and booked at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of felony evading, resisting arrest, receiving a stolen vehicle and probation violations.
According to Hemet police Lt. Nate Miller, a patrolman going east on Mayberry Avenue about 5:30 p.m. spotted Orcutt driving a gray Lexus that the officer quickly confirmed had been reported stolen recently in the city.
The officer signaled the suspect to stop, but he floored it instead, Miller alleged.
Other patrol officers joined the pursuit as it went north into San Jacinto. According to the lieutenant, Orcutt turned west in the direction of Winchester, at which point a Riverside County sheriff’s helicopter crew was summoned to track the Lexus in case ground units pulled back for public safety.
As Orcutt reached the intersection of state Route 74 and Leon Road, he lost control of the car, which slammed into the light standard, Miller said.
The convicted felon bailed out of the car and attempted to run away, but was subdued moments later without further incident, according to the lieutenant, who said the pursuit lasted about a half-hour.
No one was injured, and the vehicle was returned to the owner.
According to court records, Orcutt has prior convictions for auto theft, statutory rape and furnishing marijuana to a minor. He had been scheduled to make a court appearance last month related to his convictions earlier this year, but he failed to appear, and a warrant was issued for his arrest, records showed.