Drug bust leads to high speed chase in Mono County
April 30, 2012
Mono County drug enforcement agents seized a half-pound of methamphetamine after a sting turned into a high speed chase from Mammoth to just outside Bishop on Saturday.
Hector Pacheco Jr., 34, of Ontario, Calif., was arrested after the chase which started with a drug buy in Mammoth, according to the Mono County Sheriff’s Office.
Drug agents conducted the buy from Pacheco and as they were about to take him into custody, he got into his vehicle and sped away, nearly striking a member of the arrest team.
Spokeswoman Jennifer Hansen said that Pacheco hit a Mono County Sheriff’s patrol unit that tried to stop him and then drove down Old Mammoth Road at a high rate of speed, failing to stop at two intersections.
He drove down Highway 203 and then onto Highway 395 reaching speeds of up to 100 mph.
Law enforcement officers pursued him from Mammoth Lakes to just outside of Bishop, where an officer struck his vehicle, forcing him to stop. He was arrested without further incident and taken to the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport. He faces charges of felony evading, assault with a deadly weapon, and transportation and sales of narcotics.
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Hansen said that the arrest was the culmination of an investigation in Mammoth Lakes into the transportation and sales of methamphetamine.
Agencies involved in the case included the Mono County Narcotics Task Force, the Inyo County Narcotics Task Force , Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Mammoth Lakes Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department and the Bishop Police Department.
“MONET would like to thank all the agencies that assisted with this case. It was a successful team effort,” Hansen said.