Murrieta carjacking, police chase ends with crash

A 29-year-old male suspect was taken into custody after fighting with two bail agents, carjacking a motorist, leading police on a chase, and crashing into a semitrailer, the Menifee Police Department announced.

On November 7 at approximately 10:15 a.m., the Murrieta Police Department received a call regarding a battery near Temecula Motor Sports at 26860 Jefferson Avenue. The caller reported two bail agents were involved in a fight with an adult male at the location.

According to the Menifee Police Department, the caller reported the adult male, wanted on two felony no-bail warrants, ran from the bail agents, carjacked an uninvolved motorist, and sped away in the stolen vehicle.

Officers responded to the area and located the suspect vehicle as it traveled north on Adams Avenue at Fig Street. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle and when the driver failed to yield, a vehicle pursuit was initiated.

The pursuit continued north on Adams Avenue and concluded when the suspect’s vehicle struck a semitrailer as it traveled east on Kalmia Street, police reported.

Officers arrested the suspect, later identified as 29-year-old Michael Wagner, and transported him to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries he sustained in the collision. The driver of the semitrailer was not injured, police reported.

Wagner was booked at the Cois Byrd Detention Center on suspicion of carjacking, reckless evading, and the two felony no-bail warrants.

Anyone with information regarding the vehicle theft is asked to contact Sergeant Jay Elliott at 951-461-6395 or [email protected] Anyone with information related to the traffic collision is asked to contact Investigator Anthony Datil at 951-461-6397 or [email protected]


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