MCSO: Suspect arrested after leading deputy on high-speed chase through Covelo

Orlando Esquivel, 20

A man was arrested last week after he failed to pull over for a deputy who noticed he was swerving into oncoming lanes, and instead sped off, leading the deputy on a high-speed chase through Covelo, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office (MCSO).

On April 7 at around 11:41 p.m., a Deputy was on uniformed patrol in the area of the Round Valley Elementary School when he noticed an "older model" pickup truck traveling on High School Street. According to the MCSO, when the pickup turned, its rear end slid into the oncoming lane of traffic. When the deputy tried to catch the pickup truck, the driver fled northbound on Highway 162.

According to the sheriff's office, the pickup continued to accelerate and therefore the deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. The pickup continued speeding northbound on the highway and did not yield to emergency lights or the siren of the patrol vehicle, officials reported.

Eventually the pickup turned to head westbound on Biggar Lane and committed numerous other traffic violations, including driving on the wrong side of the road, the MCSO said.

Finally the driver turned into a residential driveway along Biggar Lane where the deputy was able to take the suspect into custody without further incident.

The driver was identified as 20-year-old Orlando Esquivel. Esquivel was advised and placed under arrest for evading a peace officer while driving recklessly and evading a peace officer while driving on the wrong side of the road.

Esquivel was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $35,000 bail.

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