Needles, CA: Resident from Bullhead City, Arizona in police custody after leading deputies on a high speed police pursuit into Needles, California.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at around 2:52am PT on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, personnel from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Colorado River Station were requested to assist in the pursuit of a stolen vehicle that was heading south into Needles, California from Arizona on Highway 95.
Fort Mohave Tribal Police Department had taken over a police pursuit that was initiated in Bullhead City, Arizona and now reached Needles, California.
Deputies from Needles, California units took over the pursuit of the stolen 2002 Mercury SUV and followed it through Needles, California 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 29 years old Anthony Julian Rodriguez from Bullhead City, Arizona, into police 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, Anthony Julian Rodriguez also had a felony no bail warrant for possession of explosives out of Ventura County, California.
Anthony Julian 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.
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