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Murrieta Police: Man convicted of felony evasion causing death of passenger

 

Last updated 10/25/2018 at 11:50am

Murrieta Police Department

Harvey Lacy was convicted of 2800.3 (b) CVC Felony Evasion Causing Injury or Death and three counts of 459 PC Commercial Burglary and was sentenced to 8 years in state prison.

The Murrieta Police Department recently released a report detailing an incident on Aug. 5, 2018 that resulted in a pursuit, crash and the death of a passenger in the vehicle.

In the early morning of Aug. 5, a Murrieta Police Department (MPD) patrol unit checked on a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of 25195 Madison Avenue in Murrieta. The patrol unit just returned to the city after assisting the Riverside County Sheriff's Department (RSO) with the investigation of a series of commercial burglaries in the City of Temecula. The patrol officer checked the suspicious vehicle as it backed into a stall at the closed commercial business.

As the MPD patrol officer approached the suspicious black two-door compact vehicle, the vehicle sped out of the parking lot and south on Madison Avenue.

The driver committed several vehicle code violations and a pursuit ensued. After an approximate 1.7 mile pursuit in which the suspect vehicle's speed exceeded 80 miles per hour, the driver Harvey Lacy, 20, lost control and rolled his vehicle at the intersection of Madison Ave. and Elm St. Lacy and the passenger, Joshua Newman (24), were both ejected from the vehicle during the collision.

Newman was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Murrieta Fire Department. MPD Detectives and California Highway patrol investigators responded to the scene to assume the investigation.

Lacy was transported to Inland Valley Hospital Trauma Center for treatment of his non-life threatening injuries. After being medically cleared, Lacy was arrested for 2800.3(b) CVC and 187(a) PC and booked at Cois Byrd Detention Facility.

During pretrial proceedings, Lacy accepted a plea deal. On Nov. 11, Lacy was convicted of 2800.3 (b) CVC Felony Evasion Causing Injury or Death and three counts of 459 PC Commercial Burglary and was sentenced to 8 years in state prison.

 

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