A high-speed chase Sunday night in Needles ended before the perpetrator could make it to Arizona. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Minnesota man who was found to be driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Texas.
The case against Orlando Rice, 43, of Rochester, MN, started with a theft at the McDonald’s restaurant in Needles shortly after 8 p.m. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the restaurant after receiving a report of theft. By the time deputies arrived, the thief had already left the area, but witnesses were able to give the deputy a description of the vehicle he was driving.
The deputy searched the area and located a vehicle matching the description that was given to them at a business in the 2400 block of Needles Highway. The suspect, who was later identified as Rice, was seen exiting the business. He got into the stolen vehicle and drove away. The deputy followed the vehicle onto eastbound Interstate 40.
According to the sheriff’s office, when the deputy initiated a traffic stop at the East Broadway exit, the suspect refused to pull over and sped away. Deputies deployed a spike strip at Park Moabi Road, which the suspect struck. His vehicle became disabled and came to a stop approximately half a mile east of the Park Moabi exit.
Rice was taken into custody without incident.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Needles Sheriff’s Station at (760) 326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.