■ By Taj Shorter / Metro Editor
Last week, a Hemet man led a dangerous chase with Hemet PD after officers attempted to detain him for suspicion of selling drugs from a car.
On Tuesday, Jan 29., Hemet Police officers responded to the 200 block of South Sanderson Avenue after receiving reports about a male suspect allegedly selling drugs from his vehicle.
According to HPD, when they arrived on scene, the man immediately got into a yellow Ford Mustang and fled from authorities at a high rate of speed. There was a brief chase between Hemet Police officers and the suspect until the driver accelerated his speed and started driving erratically. Hemet Police officers made the decision to back off and end the chase in the interest of public safety.
Fortunately, officers were able to eventually locate the Mustang while stopped in the eastbound lanes of the 2600 block of West Florida Avenue. After spotting the authorities, the driver got out of the vehicle and began fleeing on foot. According to HPD, when officers caught up with him he continued to resist arrest.
24 year-old Justin Mitchell from Hemet was charged for the investigation of pursuit related offenses, possession of illegal drugs, resisting arrest, driving under the influence, and driving on a suspended license. After the arrest, the mustang was towed out of the traffic lanes and impounded.
Mitchell is currently being held at the Southwest Detention Center without bail under a fugitive warrant.