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Suspect threatens deputies in pursuit

Spike strips slow fleeing Riverside suspect in Hesperia

HESPERIA • A man who threatened to kill the deputies chasing him was arrested in Summit Valley after running over a spike strip Wednesday evening, San Bernardino County sheriff's officials said.

Josiah David Lawrence, 28, was wanted in Riverside on suspicion of domestic violence, Hesperia Sgt. Doug Hubbard said Thursday by phone. The Riverside Police Department found out Lawrence was headed toward the Victor Valley and asked the San Bernardino County sheriff’s to help arrest him.

At 6:41 p.m. Wednesday, sheriff’s deputies went to a residence in the 9300 block of Sabina Avenue in Hesperia.

Deputy Lisa Walker saw Lawrence driving away in a white GMC Sierra pickup and initiated a traffic stop, according to a sheriff’s news release. But Lawrence fled, running stop signs and traffic signals through Hesperia streets, officials said.

During the pursuit, Lawrence called sheriff’s dispatch saying he was armed and would kill deputies and himself if approached, according to the release.

Sheriff’s officials dispatched a helicopter and deployed spike strips, which punctured several tires on Lawrence’s truck, but he continued to flee toward Summit Valley.

The pursuit ended when the vehicle got stuck on Foley Road, but Lawrence refused to surrender, officials said. After a brief standoff, deputies took Lawrence into custody.

Neither the deputies nor the suspect were injured, according to the release.

No weapon was found, Hubbard said.

Lawrence, who Hubbard said lives in the Riverside area, was booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga for investigation of felony evading. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

He is scheduled to appear in Victorville court Friday for arraignment, according to the sheriff’s website.

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