Joshua Tree, Ca– On November 11, 2010 at approximately 9:43 p.m., Sheriff’s Deputies spotted a vehicle in the area of Olympic Avenue and Melton Trail traveling at a high rate of speed. When Deputies attempted to conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued.
During the pursuit, which had speeds of 85-MPH, the suspect vehicle began slamming on the brakes in what is believed to have been an attempt to have the pursing deputy crash into the rear of the suspect vehicle. As the one deputy was pursuing the vehicle another deputy saw the pursuit heading in her direction. The deputy who also had her emergency lights and siren on, pulled her patrol vehicle to the side of the road at the intersection of Olympic Road and Latham Trail. As the suspect vehicle approached the parked deputy it made a quick turning movement and collided into the front of the parked patrol vehicle.
Despite the collision the suspect was able to continue driving a short distance until the vehicle became stuck. The driver of the vehicle exited the vehicle and fled, but not before the deputies were able to see his face. Deputies began chasing and tracking the suspect.
Deputies tracked the suspect all the way to Sunset Road and Verbenia Road at which point they lost the suspect’s tracks.
Deputies ran the vehicle registration which provided them with the address to the registered owner. The registered owner was identified as David Lopez of Joshua Tree. Deputies made contact with David who informed Deputies he believed his son Brian Lopez had his vehicle. Deputies pulled up one of Brian’s booking photographs and confirmed that was the same person they saw fleeing the vehicle at the end of the pursuit.
The deputy had complaint of pain to her wrist as a result of the collision. At this time the deputy does not appear to have any additional injuries.
A Felony Arrest Warrant in the amount of $50,000.00 for assault with a deadly weapon upon a peace officer has been issued for Brian Lopez’ arrest.
Brian Lopez is urged to turn himself into law enforcement. Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Brian Lopez should contact Sheriff’s Dispatch.
Refer: Detective Tyson Niles
Station: Morongo Basin Station
Phone No. 760-366-4175
Case No. 091002012