DATE OF EVENT: 07/29/2016
TYPE OF EVENT: Pursuit
LOCATION: City of Ridgecrest
CHARGES: CVC 2800.2 -Felony evading of a police officer.
CVC 14601.1 – Suspended driver’s license.
SUSPECTS: Eric Lester. 32 YOA Trona resident
On 07/30/16, at approximately 2025 hours, Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department attempted to stop an ATV (Quad motorcycle) which was riding reckless in the Leroy Jackson Park area. Upon seeing the police, the motorcycle rider (Eric Lester) fled the park in a north bound direction and a high speed chase ensued. During the pursuit, Lester drove the quad around the Ridgecrest Hospital and thru the Pizza Hut’s drive thru. After 2.5 miles of driving on sidewalks and running stop signs, the pursuit ended when Lester crashed the quad in the desert by driving it into a ditch. Lester was arrested and later booked at Kern County Jail –Mojave.
******Updated information on the motorcycle pursuit******
During the ongoing investigation, the Ridgecrest Police Department learned the motorcycle Eric Lester was riding in last night’s pursuit was stolen out of Trona, CA. Lester stole the motorcycle from the owner during a physical altercation and fled the scene. Deputy Anderson from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department is investigating the robbery of the motorcycle.
If anyone has questions or needs more information, feel free to contact Ridgecrest Police Department at 760-499-5100, send a FB message to the Ridgecrest Police Dept facebook page or contact us on our Tip page HERE. Thank you.
RONALD N. STRAND, Chief of Police
Prepared by: Sgt. N. Lloyd #7854