A pair of pursuits in Hemet resulted in one man being taken to a hospital after he was found to be having a medical emergency and a second being taken to jail after he was found to be riding an allegedly stolen motorcycle, police said Thursday.
The first pursuit began about 10 a.m. Wednesday, when an officer’s marked cruiser was nearly struck by a 2019 Ram pickup truck in the area of Florida Avenue and Buena Vista Street, according to Hemet Police Department Lt. Nate Miller.
The officer attempted to pull the vehicle over but the driver failed to yield and continued driving west on Florida Avenue, Miller said.
“The vehicle came to a stop a few blocks later, but the driver — and lone occupant — began acting erratically, stepping out for a few seconds, reaching into the trunk, before sitting back down in the driver seat,” Miller said. “After several minutes, officers were able to detain the driver.”
It turns out the driver was having a medical emergency and was taken to a hospital for treatment, Miller said.
About two hours later, two officers patrolling the Douglas Court area, where residents have complained of illegal activity, saw a man riding a 2016 Yamaha motorcycle at a high rate of speed, Miller said.
“A records check revealed the motorcycle had been previously reported stolen out Spring Valley (in San Diego County),” Miller said.
The rider sped off, leading the officers on a half-mile chase before he was involved in a collision with an SUV and then fled on foot, according to Miller.
The suspect, later identified as 27-year-old Michael Martinez, who lives in an unincorporated Riverside County area near Hemet, was arrested near the cash scene, Miller said, adding that Martinez was booked on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, felony evading, resisting arrest and misdemeanor hit-and-run.
The motorcycle was recovered and will be returned to its owner, Miller said.