Photo: Jason Charles Catron (Facebook)
VICTORVILLE – Police Department deputies encountered a wrong-way driver on Sunday, Feb. 3rd around 7:15 PM. A black Chevy Suburban SUV was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of Bear Valley Road.
As the SUV approached Fifth Avenue and moved south of a concrete center divider, it remained dangerously trapped in the wrong lane.
Deputies employed the full emergency experience, blaring the siren and flashing the overhead lights, to no avail. The vehicle turned south and entered a private driveway.
Deputies made immediate contact with Jason Charles Catron (34) of Apple Valley. Multiple signs of intoxication from drugs and alcohol required that Catron exit the car for a DUI investigation.
Two toddlers were in the back seat: two- and three-year-old girls. The eldest toddler was not properly secured in her car seat.
Deputies ordered Catron out of the vehicle. Moments after exiting the car, he began to physically resist the officers, and fought for several minutes.
As a result, the wrong-way driver was eventually handcuffed and safely detained in the back seat of the patrol vehicle. The toddlers were later identified as Catron’s daughters.
Deputies C. DeKeyrel / J. Dean reported: “Catron was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for child cruelty, resisting/obstructing an officer, driving the wrong way on a divided roadway, and driving under the influence.”
Witnesses are urged to provide information re Case No. 171901138 to Deputies Dean or DeKeyrel at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. To remain anonymous, call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or via the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.