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Police officers arrested a man and woman on drug-related charges shortly before 4:00 a.m. today after they refused to stop their vehicle as requested by officers and instead initiated officers on a slow speed pursuit in Lake Elsinore, Sheriff’s officials reported today.
Lake Elsinore residents Gabriel Cardenas, 19, and Lycinda Straley, 24, were inside a black Honda Accord that was being driven erratically, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s report.
Officers believed Cardenas — who was the driver of the Honda — may have been under the influence of drugs, according to the report.
As an officer attempted to catch up to the vehicle, Cardenas fled, Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Brosche said.
Cardenas and Straley were later located in the area of Mission Trail and Railroad Canyon and their vehicle had a flat tire. However, they refused to pull over, according to Brosche.
They led officers on a slow speed pursuit for approximately 10 minutes in the residential area of Sedco Boulevard and Crescent Avenue, running red lights before stopping in 33000 block of Orchard Avenue, Brosche said.
Cardenas was arrested for driving under the influence and possession of methamphetamine and Straley was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant for narcotics.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Lake Elsinore Police Department at 951-245-3300.