A parolee suspected of stealing a car in Hemet and leading law enforcement on a 30-mile chase into Moreno Valley before he was apprehended was being held Friday without bail.
Andrew Devin Barnes, 34, of Hemet was arrested and booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning Thursday night on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, felony evading, reckless driving, resisting arrest and parole violations.
According to Hemet police Lt. Nate Miller, at about 7 p.m. Thursday, a patrolman cruising the 600 block of West Florida Avenue spotted a red Saturn Vue occupied by a man and woman who were behaving suspiciously.
The officer ran a check on the compact SUV’s license plate and confirmed that it had been reported stolen earlier in the week, Miller said.
He said the officer signaled the driver, Barnes, to pull over, and he initially complied, but before the lawman could approach the Saturn, the convicted felon allegedly floored it, triggering a pursuit that went north through San Jacinto and then west into Homeland, where Barnes turned onto northbound Interstate 215.
California Highway Patrol officers took over the high-speed pursuit, with a Riverside County sheriff’s helicopter crew monitoring overhead, Miller said.
When the suspect reached Moreno Valley, he stopped on Golden Crest Drive and bailed out of the Saturn, leaving his female companion, whose identity was not released, sitting in the front passenger seat, according to the lieutenant.
Officers quickly caught up to Barnes and took him into custody without further incident.
The woman was questioned and released at the scene.
According to Miller, Barnes has a recent conviction for assault with a deadly weapon.