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Felon allegedly flees cops in stolen car, injures one


Last updated 3/19/2018 at 8:50am

HEMET – A felon who allegedly led police on a back-and- forth chase between Hemet and San Jacinto, eventually fleeing on foot and injuring an arresting officer, was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Esai German Corona, 21, was booked late Thursday, March 15, into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of felony evading, receiving stolen property, being in possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest resulting in great bodily injury to a peace officer.

According to Hemet police Sgt. Bob Nishida, members of the Hemet-San Jacinto Gang Task Force, which is comprised of Hemet police officers and Riverside County sheriff's deputies, spotted Corona driving through the 600 block of North State Street about 5:20 p.m. Thursday and recognized the vehicle as one allegedly reported stolen.

The task force patrolmen attempted to stop the suspect, but he allegedly accelerated away from them, leaving the Hemet city limits and heading north toward San Jacinto, Nishida said.

The probationer turned around moments after entering San Jacinto and headed back into Hemet, he said. According to the sergeant, Corona bailed out of the car near a business in the 900 block of State, ran into a parking lot and “attempted to hide under a vehicle,” but his pursuers quickly located him.

As the officers were wrestling the suspect into custody, one of the lawmen was injured, though Nishida didn’t specify the nature of the injury. He said the officer was taken to a hospital for treatment and is expected to fully recover.

Corona was not hurt.

No property damage was reported in connection with the chase.

According to court records, Corona has prior convictions for auto theft, being a felon in possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and presenting false identification to a peace officer.


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