JURUPA VALLEY – A high-risk pursuit of a stolen vehicle resulted in the recovery of property from multiple thefts, and the arrest of two Jurupa Valley residents.
An International utility truck, which had been reported as stolen early on Sunday, May 24, was spotted that day at approximately 10:45 am by officers from the Jurupa Valley Police Department. The vehicle, which was traveling north on Dodd Street at 54th Street, was reportedly being driven by a male adult. Officers attempted what was described as a “high-risk vehicle enforcement stop,” but the driver ignored authorities, ran a stop sign and sped away.
A police helicopter was called to assist and monitored the location of the stolen truck, which reportedly sped through the city in a negligent manner, continuing until it ultimately barreled through a commercial fence in an attempt to flee from pursuing officers.
With the truck disabled from the crash, the driver proceeded to flee on foot, but only temporarily evading officers. An extensive search utilizing a K-9, a helicopter, and ground officers ended when the suspect was discovered attempting to hide in thick brush. Bryan Wayne Smith, a 46-year-old male resident of Jurupa Valley was arrested at the scene for driving a stolen vehicle, evading, vandalism, and possession of stolen property, Smith was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center and is being held on $100,000 bail.
Officers continued with the investigation, ultimately executing a search warrant for a residence in the 5500 block of Dodd Street, hoping to discover and recover additional stolen property. The search netted property belonging to the victim of the stolen pick-up truck as well as other stolen property from prior crimes. Mitchell Allen Terry, a 56-year-old male resident of Jurupa Valley who was found at the residence, was also arrested at that time for possession of stolen property. Terry was also booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center, and is being held on $5,000 bail.