PALMDALE (CBSLA.com) — A suspected drug dealer and his girlfriend, mother and father were all arrested following a police pursuit that ended in Palmdale.
Dylan Walters, 19, was arrested on suspicion of felony evading, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Belinda Johnson said. His girlfriend, 24-year-old Malorie Aguilera, was booked on suspicion of destroying evidence and an outstanding arrest warrant.
The chain of events began at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday when a sheriff’s deputy tried to pull over a reckless driver in a truck near the area of East Palmdale Avenue and 20th Street East, sheriff’s Lt. Brian Dunn said.
The driver, later identified as Walters, did not comply with the deputy’s command to pull over and began speeding away, Dunn said. The deputies chasing after them saw the man and his passenger tossing items out of the window that were later determined to be a cell phone, a scale believed to be used to measure narcotics and a white powdery substance that exploded on impact when it was tossed out, he said.
The chase ended when the suspect pulled into the parking lot of a Lowe’s home improvement center and surrendered, Dunn said.
As Walters and Aguilera were being arrested, Dunn said Walters’ mother arrived at the scene and tried to intervene. Kulanie Mendoza, 38, ignored orders to wait until the arrests were complete and lunged toward deputies, who had their guns drawn at the time, he said.
Mendoza was taken into custody for delaying arrest, with bail set at $10,000, according to jail records.
Authorities subsequently learned that the man was on probation and went to his home. Outside the home, authorities pulled over a man on a vehicle violation who turned out to be Walters’ father, 49-year-old Felix Mendoza, according to Dunn.
The father allegedly admitted to being under the influence of methamphetamine, and allegedly had methamphetamine in the vehicle in quantities that were consistent with selling. Felix Mendoza was taken into custody on suspicion of possessing narcotics for sale with bail was set at $30,000, according to Johnson and inmate booking information.
Walters’ bail was set at $20,000. Aguilera’s bail was set at $5,000 but the arrest warrant means she cannot bail out. All four were being held at the Palmdale station jail, Dunn said.
They are scheduled to be arraigned in the Antelope Valley courthouse Monday, according to inmate information.
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