A 32-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly fleeing from Hemet police in a stolen car and trying to hit an officer who attempted to stop him.
Rickie Shane Inskeep of Hemet was booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of felony evading, assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and possession of a stolen vehicle. Inskeep is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
According to Hemet police Lt. Nathan Miller, about 9:10 a.m., patrol officers were in the area of Johnston and Lyon avenues when they spotted a silver Honda sedan that had been reported stolen.
They began tailing the car, and the driver, Inskeep, allegedly floored it, heading westbound, Miller said.
“Inskeep led the pursuing officers to the area of Kirby Avenue and Garland Way, where another officer was setting up a spike strip,” Miller said.
“When the suspect saw the officer with a spike strip on the side of the road, he intentionally turned the speeding Honda toward the officer.”
The patrolman jumped out of the way and was not injured.
Miller alleged Inskeep continued west at nearly 100 mph, even driving on the wrong side of the street at one point in a vain attempt to shake officers.
Near the intersection of Washington Street and Winchester Road in French Valley, Inskeep stopped the car and surrendered without further incident, according to Miller.
No motorists or pedestrians were harmed during the chase.