■ Chronicle News Staff
A man was arrested after evading police and driving reckless throughout the City of Hemet on Dec. 6.
Last Thursday a male suspect, later identified as Kile Dennis Kennedy, was driving a green Dodge caravan near Meridian Street when Hemet Police attempted to conduct a routine traffic stop. Kennedy, 38, did not comply with authorities so a high speed chase ensued.
According to police, the driver drove dangerously as he attempted to evade pursuing officers. At one point Kennedy, attempting a reckless move, struck a Toyota and a rear tire off of the Dodge suffered in the impact. The driver still continued to flee.
During the pursuit, police utilized the department’s Aviation Unit to oversee the chase from an aerial view. With the help of “Star 9,” police were able to keep tabs on the direction of the vehicle and set up spike strips ahead of the driver’s path. Kennedy eventually hit the spike strips, but continued fleeing with flattened tires.
Eventually, he lost control of the Dodge near a Starbucks on Florida and Palm Avenue. The suspect then fled on foot through traffic and towards a Days Inn. Police eventually caught up with Kennedy who allegedly tried fighting off officers. An EMT was dispatched to the scene to aid a head injury sustained by the suspect.
Kennedy was then transferred to the Hemet Police Department and later to Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta. He was booked on suspicion of several felonies: false imprisonment, two counts of recklessly evading police, attempted carjacking, resisting arrest, possession of a dirk or dagger, first degree burglary, possession of stolen property, assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, and violation of parole, among others.
This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be developed along with the case.