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High Speed Pursuit Results in Arrest of a Bullhead City Man
February 23, 2017
NEEDLES, Calif – On Wednesday, February 22 at 2:52 a.m., personnel from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station and Needles Police were requested to assist in the pursuit of a stolen 2002 Mercury SUV that was heading south into Needles from Arizona on Highway 95.
Fort Mohave Tribal Police had taken over a pursuit that was initiated in Bullhead City and now reached Needles. Needles units took over the pursuit of the stolen SUV and followed it through the city of Needles and east onto Interstate 40. The vehicle drove at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour and failed to obey traffic devices or posted stop signs.
During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle left the roadway and rolled over. Deputies were then able to take the driver, identified as Anthony Rodriguez (age 29 of Bullhead City, Arizona) into custody. Once in the Needles Jail, Rodriguez resisted deputies resulting in an additional charge of resisting an officer with force.
In addition to the new charges, Rodriguez also had a felony no bail warrant for possession of explosives out of Ventura County. Rodriguez is currently on felony PRCS Probation out of Ventura for weapons charges.
As part of Governor Jerry Brown's Realignment Plan, or Assembly Bill 109, to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court Decision requiring the state to lower its prison population; offenders with non-violent, non-sexual and non-serious convictions will serve reduced sentences in county jails and be placed on local supervision through County Probation.
Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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