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Man Driving Tractor Leads Cops on Chase in SoCal

Not the tractor in question, but man, look at this thing haul!
Not the tractor in question, but man, look at this thing haul!

In Southern California, we have all kinds of pursuits. Cops chased a tank in San Diego once. We're sure you remember that white Ford Bronco. Heck, there was even once a state legislator who allegedly tried to evade the long arm of the law.

But this one's a first for us, especially given that we live in an urban region of more than 18 million people.

A man on a stolen tractor led Riverside County Sheriff's Department deputies on a chase in Lake Elsinore yesterday, cops say:

Man Driving Tractor Leads Cops on Chase in SoCal
German Avalos via the Riverside County Sheriff's Department

He made a good go of it. Allegedly. 

Authorities said they spotted the suspect at midnight. The problem was he was operating a Caterpillar Skid Steer loader on highway 74 and Dexter Avenue in the dark, with no lights on, the sheriff's department stated:

The tractor did not have any lights and was a danger to other vehicular traffic. 

Attempts to stop the Caterpillar were fruitless, cops said, and the vehicle headed east on 74 before going through a field near Conrad Avenue and then getting back on the highway. Then, deputies allege:

The tractor drove through three fences in an attempt to evade the Sheriff's helicopter overhead. The driver, German Avalos, a 25-year-old resident of Perris, abandoned the tractor and was arrested a short time later.

Avalos was booked on suspicion of vehicle theft and evading police.

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