A 23-year-old man pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony DUI and hit-and-run charges stemming from a crash in Murrieta and a chase into Wildomar, where he was ferreted out of a ravine by a police dog.
Dylan James Hatch is also charged with DUI with bodily injury and a single count each of misdemeanor evading peace officers and resisting officers, according to court documents.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Michael Rushton set bail at $50,000 and ordered the defendant back to court Oct. 17 for a felony settlement conference.
A preliminary hearing was tentatively set for Oct. 24, court records indicate.
Murrieta police at about 5:35 p.m. Sunday were called to Washington Street and Grizzly Ridge Drive to investigate the report of a man who caused an injury crash and then drove off as the victim stood in the street, a sergeant said.
Officers headed north on Washington into Wildomar, where the suspect went off road and crashed his vehicle, sending it 100 feet down into a ravine, according to Murrieta police Sgt. Jay Froboese.
The suspect hid in the densely wooded ravine and police surrounded the area, calling in Riverside County sheriff's deputies for backup.
Murrieta K-9 Officer Travis Shows also responded, and Maddy the Bloodhound was used to track the suspect, Froboese said.
The suspect was found five minutes after Maddy began searching, the sergeant said.
When arrested, Hatch had two warrants out for his arrest on burglary and vandalism cases, records show.