North Hills man sees prison stint for flee­ing deputies

The Signal - - News - By Jim Holt Sig­nal Se­nior Staff Writer

An unemployed North Hills man ar­rested in Au­gust after he was pur­sued through Ne­whall by deputies stak­ing out a fast food restau­rant was sen­tenced two weeks ago to 16 months in prison after plead­ing no con­test to flee­ing a pur­su­ing peace of­fi­cer.

Jose Cortez, 27, ap­peared in San Fer­nando Su­pe­rior Court on Oct. 23 where he pleaded no con­test to one felony count of flee­ing a pur­su­ing peace of­fi­cer’s mo­tor ve­hi­cle while driv­ing reck­lessly, said Ricardo San­ti­ago, spokesman for the Los An­ge­les County District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

Cortez was ar­rested near 15th Street in Ne­whall shortly be­fore noon on Aug. 3.

Once deputies with the Santa Clarita Val­ley Sher­iff’s Sta­tion learned Cortez had al­legedly is­sued a threat against a woman, they moved in on the Mc­Don­ald’s Restau­rant at Va­len­cia Boule­vard and Bou­quet Canyon Road.

When the sus­pect ar­rived at the restau­rant, he took off in his car, trav­el­ling south­bound on Rail­road Av­enue.

The sus­pect reached speeds of 65 mph, un­til he ar­rived at 14th Street, where he turned right.

“It was a pur­suit,” Lt. Leo Bauer said in Au­gust, not­ing the pur­suit led deputies onto 11th Street and onto Ne­whall Av­enue near 15th Street, where the sus­pect was or­dered out of the car, and to lie face down on the ground.

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