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High speed pursuit & lying lands two in jail
June 11, 2017
JOSHUA TREE, Calif – On Friday, June 9, at about 10:35 p.m., a deputy from the San Bernardino County Sheriff noticed a white 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a lighting violation. He attempted a traffic stop in the area of Twentynine Palms Hwy and El Reposo Street in Joshua Tree. The vehicle failed to stop for the deputy’s emergency lights and siren and continued to flee.
The pursuit traveled over residential surface streets and State Route 62 throughout Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms. Numerous vehicle code violations were observed. These include; failing to stop for stop signs and red stop lights, driving in oncoming lanes, excessive speed in business parking lots, driving on a sidewalk and speeds reaching 100 MPH. During the course of the pursuit a total of five sheriff patrol units, one CHP patrol unit and a sheriff’s aviation airship were involved.
After traveling over 32 miles and 34 minutes into the pursuit, the Jeep finally pulled into a driveway on the 73800 block of Sunnyslope Drive in Twentynine Palms. The driver and passenger were taken into custody without incident. The driver, Brandon Koenig (age 25 of Twentynine Palms), was arrested for felony failure to yield and a $250,000 warrant for domestic violence. The male passenger was questioned and released at the scene. Koenig was transported to the Morongo Basin Jail and booked in lieu of $100,000 bail. During the course of the pursuit, traffic was extremely light to no traffic in most areas.
At the conclusion of the pursuit, Chelsea Sentz (age 33 of Yucca Valley), called sheriff’s dispatch representing herself as the registered owner of the vehicle and reported the Jeep as stolen. The registered owner was contacted. However, she stated she never called sheriff’s dispatch. Through investigation it was learned Sentz was the daughter of the registered owner and made a false report knowing that she gave Koenig permission to drive the Jeep. Sentz had just exited the Jeep at the Circle-K store in Joshua Tree just before the pursuit began. Sentz signed an official document reporting the Jeep as stolen having full knowledge it was not, under penalty of perjury. Sentz was arrested for perjury and a $50,000 warrant for drug charges. Sentz was transported to the Morongo Basin Jail and booked in lieu of $50,000 bail.
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