A wanted felon was being held without bail Thursday for allegedly refusing to pull over and leading law enforcement officers on a chase from San Jacinto onto the Soboba Indian Reservation.

John V. Sanchez, 39, of San Jacinto was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of felony evading and numerous parole violations.

According to Hemet police Lt. Nathan Miller, members of the Hemet-San Jacinto Gang Task Force were patrolling the area of Lake Park Drive and the Ramona Expressway about 10:45 p.m. when they spotted Sanchez driving a 2007 Mercedes-Benz E350. The investigators recognized the parolee, who had an outstanding warrant connected to a grand theft auto case, he said.

They signaled Sanchez to stop, but he allegedly floored the Mercedes instead, heading onto the Soboba Indian Reservation with the lawmen in pursuit.

“He was eventually apprehended after his vehicle became disabled, and he fled on foot,” the lieutenant said.

Inside the Mercedes, detectives seized a semiautomatic handgun with a flash suppressor, as well as “several high-capacity magazines and multiple armor-piercing rounds of ammunition,” Miller said.

Information on Sanchez’s prior convictions was not available.

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