Rodney Rice, 21, of Canyon Lake, and Edward "Ricky" Parks, 47, a transient, were both arrested by deputies in the predawn hours following a chase that ended near LA Fitness on Dexter Avenue, according to sheriff's Sgt. David Cardoza.
The incident began around 2:15 a.m. when an officer on patrol observed a Toyota truck getting gassed up in the 29300 block of Central Avenue in Lake Elsinore, Cardoza reported.
The officer conducted a records check on the truck's license plate, and it revealed it was reported stolen out of the city of Menifee, according to the sergeant.
As the officer approached the business, the suspects fled and ran behind LA Fitness.
"A foot pursuit ensued as additional officers responded to the area and a perimeter was established," Cardoza reported. "The suspects were eventually located hiding behind a retaining wall near the intersection of Dexter Avenue and Third Street."Rice was arrested and booked on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest, according to the sergeant. Parks was booked on suspicion of violation of parole, possession of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest, Cardoza reported.