A 28-year-old probationer suspected of ramming a Banning patrol car while fleeing in a stolen vehicle was arrested Tuesday following a month-long search.
Jessie Robey of Yucaipa was booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of controlled substances and vehicle theft. Bail information was not immediately available.
According to Banning police spokeswoman Sol Avila, on the morning of Sept. 14, Robey passed out in the parking lot of a Holiday Inn Express on Ramsey Street, where he had parked an allegedly stolen vehicle.
Passers-by saw him slumped over the wheel and called 911, at which point patrol officers converged on the location and attempted to make contact with the suspect, Avila said.
She said that when they peered inside the vehicle, they spotted a handgun near Robey’s lap, prompting one of the patrolman to reach inside and seize it.
The suspect was awakened and allegedly threw the car into gear, running into a parked patrol unit with an officer inside, according to Avila.
The lawman was not hurt.
Robey fled the location with another patrol car in pursuit, heading into Cherry Valley, where he plowed into a residential fence, bringing the car chase to a halt. However, Robey allegedly bailed out and fled on foot, eluding Banning police officers and Riverside County sheriff’s deputies who arrived to assist, according to Avila.
The vehicle was confirmed stolen, and Robey’s identity was soon verified, prompting police to seek and obtain a warrant for his arrest, Avila said.
He was tracked to a property in Yucaipa, where he was taken into custody without incident. The suspect’s girlfriend, 21-year-old Jody Harper, was also arrested for unrelated felony and misdemeanor warrants, according to Avila.
No information on Robey’s background was available.
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