SAN FERNANDO (CBS) — A parolee accused of leading authorities on a wild, high-speed pursuit through two counties pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one felony count of evading police.

The chase, which began around 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Woodland Hills, ended some four hours later near Castaic and hit almost every freeway, according to authorities.

The suspect, identified by authorities as 30-year-old Michael Andrew Martinez, faces up to four years in prison if convicted, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

A female passenger, who was in the vehicle, was not charged.

Martinez remains jailed in lieu of $120,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is expected to be set on Aug. 2.

» RELATED POST: Wild 3-Hour Police Pursuit Ends On The Grapevine

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Comments (4)
  1. Everyday Guy says:

    I knew it! The ethnicity that is.

    1. JF says:

      Hey everyday guy, you’re a real genius, you guessed the ethnicity all by yourself. Oddly enough, LA has an incredibly large population of Hispanics. What are the chances of that, rocket scientist….

  2. Bill N. says:

    Three counties I believe. He drove through LA, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The IE does not count as one.

  3. efv says:

    De-evolution, exhibit A: bill burns

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