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TEMECULA: Man with pickax on freeway prompts CHP chase

27 Mar

It took a Taser, a ramming by a CHP car and a police dog to subdue a man swinging a pickax in a Temecula freeway median Monday, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Authorities suspect the 24-year-old San Diego resident, Thomas Robert Landry, was under the influence of drugs, said Officer Nathan Baer, a Temecula-area CHP spokesman.

The CHP began receiving 911 calls about 9:30 a.m. reporting a shirtless man in the grassy center median of Interstate 15 south of Overland Drive, Baer said.

Callers said the man was digging a hole with a pickax — and riding a skateboard on a concrete divider and on top of his parked red Honda Civic, Baer said.

Officers tried to approach Landry, but he ignored their orders, Baer said.

An officer tried to shock him with a Taser but it didn’t work, possibly because one of the barbs did not make contact.

Landry got in the Civic and sped north on Interstate 15, reaching speeds of 100 mph, a CHP news release said.

He exited at Clinton Keith Road and headed east with two officers pursuing him, the release said.

Landry turned into a Wildomar neighborhood where one of the officers used a PIT maneuver — in which the patrol car rammed the Civic — to stop it.

The Civic struck a street sign and came to rest on a sidewalk near Elizabeth Lane and Benetta Court, Baer said.

When the officers, one of whom is a police dog handler, tried to handcuff Landry, he became combative, Baer said. With the help of a bite from “K9 Logan,” the officers arrested him, Baer said.

Landry was taken to Inland Valley Regional Medical Center in Wildomar for evaluation.

He was later booked into the Southwest Detention Center in French Valley on suspicion of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and other charges, the release said. His bail was set at $250,000, jail records show.

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One response to “TEMECULA: Man with pickax on freeway prompts CHP chase

  1. Jeff Downer Bail Bondsman

    March 29, 2012 at 8:48 am

    A skateboard, a freeway divider and a pick axe, huh? I guess Temecula is hosting the I15 X-Games this year.

     

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