San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: Thursday, December 1, 2016 / 4:20 a.m.

INCIDENT: Felony Failure to Yield PC2800.2, Assault on a Peace Officer PC245(c)

LOCATION: Bear Valley Road / Jess Ranch Pkwy, Apple Valley

SUSPECT: Matthew Martinez, 23 years old


On Thursday, December 1, 2016 at approximately 4:20 a.m., Deputy Jeffrey Wetmore from the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station saw an older model Nissan pickup truck westbound on Bear Valley Road with paper plates. As Deputy Wetmore got behind the vehicle, it made an abrupt lane change, then passed cars in the center turning lane. Wetmore initiated a traffic stop but the driver failed to yield. The suspect, Matthew Martinez, led deputies on a pursuit from Apple Valley into Hesperia and into Lucerne Valley. Martinez rammed a marked police unit occupied by a deputy. A second deputy used his marked patrol unit to disable the suspect vehicle and end the pursuit. Martinez was taken into custody without incident in the area of Corwin Road and Cummings Road in Lucerne Valley.

The deputies were not injured but two marked police units were damaged in the pursuit. Matthew Martinez was booked into the High Desert Detention Center.

Refer:Trish Hill, Public Information Officer

Station: Apple Valley Police

Case #: 181607363

Phone No: (760) 240-7400 ext. 7428

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700