A 32-year-old man who woke a Hemet neighborhood Tuesday as he accelerated up and down a street allegedly fled from police when they tried to stop him, leading to a short pursuit before he was arrested.
Steven Andrew Alvarez of Hemet was taken into custody on suspicion of felony evading and reckless driving. He’s being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
According to Hemet police Lt. Nathan Miller, about 4:30 a.m., Alvarez allegedly started running his blue Honda Civic through laps in the 2800 block of Cindy Lane, waking residents as he spun out going back and forth on the street.
The noise prompted 911 calls, and patrol officers converged on the location minutes later, Miller said.
“When officers arrived, the driver was still driving recklessly and did not stop when officers activated their lights and sirens,” Miller said. “The driver, Alvarez, went hard for about two miles at speeds exceeding 60 mph.”
At the intersection of Florida and Sanderson avenues, the suspect stopped his car, at which point he was taken into custody without further incident, according to Miller.
No one was injured.
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