Ontario: Armed Pursuit Suspect Surrenders Following SWAT Barricade Situation
By Brian Rokos, San Bernardino Sun
ONTARIO – A felon led San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers on a pursuit Thursday night, March 7, from San Bernardino to Ontario that reached speeds of 100 mph.
Just before 10:30 p.m. deputies from the Central Station attempted to stop a vehicle being driven by Juan Sanchez, 40, of San Bernardino for a traffic violation, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies tried to pull the vehicle over at State Street and Highland Avenue but Sanchez drove away.
Sanchez drove west and later stopped in the 2100 block of Palmetto Avenue in Ontario, sheriff’s officials said, but he refused to come out of his vehicle and threatened to shoot himself.
The Sheriff’s SWAT team was called and after negotiating with Sanchez for more than an hour, he surrendered and was arrested.
Sanchez was booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on suspicion of felony evading, possession of a controlled substance for sale and for being a felon in possession of ammunition. Bail was set at $100,000.
In 2008, Sanchez was convicted of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant. As a condition of his plea bargain, charges of assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats were dismissed.
He was given a two-year suspended sentence and ordered to serve 178 days in county jail. But he violated his probation and was resentenced to the original two-year term, San Bernardino County Superior Court records show.
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