UPDATE: 11/17 at 9 a.m.: The suspect has been identified as 27-year-old Joshua Ryan Kuhn. He is currently being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center.
A man who led police on a high-speed chase through Menifee before crashing into a fire hydrant near Wildomar late Wednesday was driving under the influence, police say.
The suspect, a white male in his late 20s who had not been identified at press time, was pursued by police for at least five miles at speeds of up to 100 mph, according to Menifee Police Department Sgt. Harry Cohen.
In an attempt to avoid capture the suspect ran red lights through town, but no collisions were reported as a result of his reckless driving, Cohen said.
The chase ended at the intersection of Murrieta Road at Bundy Canyon Road/Scott Road shortly before midnight after the suspect crashed the Honda Civic he was driving into the fire hydrant and sheared it off, causing flooding and a lane closure on Bundy Canyon. Officials from Eastern Municipal Water District were called to the scene.
During the investigation, police say drugs were found in the car wreckage.
The suspect was transported in a patrol car to Inland Valley Medical Center and is scheduled to be booked at Southwest Detention Center. --Daniel Lane contributed to this report.