San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: December 11, 2016, 1:41 a.m.

INCIDENT:Vehicle Pursuit/ Felony Evading

LOCATION:Yucca Trail/ Warren Vista, Yucca Valley

SUSPECT: Timothy Smith, 40-year-old resident of Joshua Tree


On Sunday, December 11, 2016 at approximately 1:41 a.m., deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a dirt bike, ridden by Timothy Smith, for multiple traffic violations. Smith led deputies on a vehicle pursuit for approximately 2.5 miles, reaching speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour. The pursuit traveled through residential streets and then into the desert. Smith crashed his motorcycle in a wash near La Contenta Road and Sunnyslope Drive in Yucca Valley, and was arrested. Smith was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail for felony evading.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760)366-4175. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME.

Refer:Sergeant D. Hanke

Station: Morongo Basin Station

Case #: 231602229

Phone No. (760) 366-4175

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