At about 5:00 pm on Tuesday August 9 2016, members of the Hemet Police Crime Suppression Unit were patrolling in the 700 block of E. Florida Ave. when they observed a green motorcycle driving recklessly. The officers attempted to stop the driver but instead, the rider decided to lead Officers on a pursuit proceeding through east Hemet and unincorporated portions of Hemet.
The rider was later identified as Lucas Pinkerton, a twenty two year old resident of the unincorporated portion of Hemet . During the pursuit, Pinkerton appeared to have tossed objects off his bike. His high rate of speed, changes in direction, foot bail and later resisting arresting officers when apprehended made it clear he had no intention of being caught.
The rider proceeded through portions of south east Hemet and into the unincorporated portions of Hemet, finally entering a neighborhood in the area of Lake St. and Lincoln Ave.
Pinkerton dropped the Green Honda CBR600 motorcycle on the front lawn of a residence in the 5800 block of Nectar Ave and fled through the neighborhood on foot. Pursuing Officers and Gang Taskforce Unit members set up a perimeter around the area and initiated a yard to yard search of homes within the search area.
Officers finally located him hiding in the backyard of a residence and placed him under arrest after a brief struggle.
The a helmet and a backpack Pinkerton was wearing during the pursuit was found in another yard. The backpack contained a loaded Glock handgun that was reported stolen a month prior to this incident.
Pinkerton was arrested and later transported to Riverside County Jail. He is currently held without bail and with charges of felony evasion, possession of stolen property, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, and violation of probation (PRCS).
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