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Man in Stolen Steer Tractor Leads Police on Chase in Lake Elsinore

"The tractor drove through three fences in an attempt to evade the Sheriff’s helicopter overhead," sheriff's officials said.

German Avalos, photo courtesy Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
German Avalos, photo courtesy Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
A Perris man sat behind bars Monday, accused of stealing a heavy-duty tractor-- and then leading police on a chase.

Riverside County Sheriff's Sgt. Nathan Kaas says German Avalos, 25, was nabbed Monday after sheriff's deputies spotted him driving the Caterpillar Skid Steer Tractor in a public roadway in the middle of the night, near Highway 74 and Dexter Ave.

"The tractor did not have any lights and was a danger to other vehicular traffic," Kaas said of the initial attempted traffic stop.

According to Kaas, the man in the tractor did not pull over, but took off instead east on Highway 74.   From there, he took it through a field in the area of Conard Avenue and 3rd Street, and on to El Toro Cutoff.

"The tractor drove through three fences in an attempt to evade the Sheriff’s helicopter overhead," Kaas added.

Eventually, though, Avalos abandoned the trailer and was caught by deputies, according to Kaas.

"Avalos was booked at the Southwest Detention Center for vehicle theft, and evading law enforcement," he said. 

Jail records indicate Avalos was being held on $10,000 bail and is due in court on Wednesday.

TH Resident March 25, 2014 at 10:32 PM
@ Turn it around, from what I understand the land just behind the LA Fitness is owned by Walmart. I actually acquired the information from reading an article here on the Patch a few months back. If Lake Elsinore wants to understand what should be done at Central and the 15, they can take a look at Newport and the 215 or Dos Lagos in Corona (thriving). Why must they model our city after lower income cities? Lets set some higher goals. With the additional taxes we pay, why not another downtown Disney? Lol I believe they are trying to keep the Outlets alive. Look Mr. (or Mrs.) City manager, look around and dertimine what's missing...... IDK, did you see a grocery store? Did you not see the Costco, Target, Lowes, Home Depot and the other Walmart 1.5 miles away? Gheez... I'm gonna need a Bevmo if they build a Walmart there... bye bye property value. Ugh
KELLY D. DIVINE March 26, 2014 at 12:20 AM
I AM LAUGHING SO HARD AT EVERYONES COMMENTS... BUT IN REALITY OUR BEAUTIFUL LAKE ELSINORE IS BECOMING SAD. I CHOSE TO RAISE MY FAMILY HERE TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO, I CAME FROM ANAHEIM. I LOVED THE SCHOOLS HERE, THE BEAUTY AND ALL. THE THINGS YOU COULD DO HERE. NOWTHAT IVE RAISED MY CHILDREN AND LIVE ALONE I AM BEING TORMENTED BY A FEW PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY OF THE GROVES HOMELESS CAMP...YES I SAID COMMUNITY..I THINK 150 PEOPLE QUALIFIES AS A COMMUNITY, DONT YOU? HERES MY THEPRY ON LIVING MY LIFE AND PLEASE EXCUSE ME FOR BEING POLITICALLY INCORRECT..."I DONT REALLY CARE WHO ANYONE SCREWS, WHAT THEY SMOKE OR WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE. AS LONG AS THEY ARE IN THEIR BOUNDRIES AND NOT COMING INTO MINE...DONT CARE." WHAT I DO CARE ABOUT IS WHEN THAT BOUNDRIE IS IGNORED. WE BETTER GROW SOME HEUVOS AND START DOING SOMETHING. I CALLED THE SUPERVISORS OFFICE IN JULY, THEY WERE GOING TO FIND OUT WHO OWNED THE LAND THAT HOUSES THE GROVES HOMELESS CAMP. I WAS THINKING A 15 MINUTE WALK DOWNSTAIRS TO A COUNTY COMPUTER WOULD BE SUFFCIENT TO FIND WHO OWNED THE LAND....MARCH...SERIOUSLY? I AM NOT A ROCKET SCIENTIST BUT IM KIND OF THINKING THE COUNTY IS NOT BEING "FORTH RIGHT" ABOUT THAT PROPERTY. TALK TO ME.. SO, DOES GTHAT MEAN THAT LAND HASNT BEEN CLEARED IN YEARS. YOU KNOW THAT THING US HOMEOWNERS DO EVERY SPRING SO A LIEN ISNT PLACED ON OUR PROPERTY. OH YEAH... WHERE DO THOSE 150 PEOPLE POOP? HOW DO THEY CHARGE THEIR ELECTRONICS? I KNOW WHERE THEY GET TOILET PAPER, BUT WHERE ARE THEY POOPING AND WASHING THEIR HANDS? COME ON, SOMEONE THROW ME A BONE, I CANT BE THE ONLY PERSON NOTICING THIS.
ChrisG March 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM
@kelly, AMEN SISTER!
Jimmy Dean March 27, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Hence we have a "war on drugs!"
Rae Anne Resident March 27, 2014 at 11:28 AM
KELLY NOONE LIKE TO REED YOU STUFF WHEN YOU ASIST ON DUEING THE CAPLAOCK THING.

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