High speed chase through Mammoth results in seizure of half pound of meth

Local undercover narcotics agents seized a half pound of methamphetamine from an Ontario man, after a high speed chase that started on residential streets in Mammoth and ended just outside of Bishop Saturday. During the chase, a Mono County Sheriff's vehicle was struck, as the perpetrator tried to avoid arrest.

Here are the details.

On Saturday, April 28, the Mono County Narcotics Task Force (MONET), along with the assistance of the Inyo County Narcotics Task Force (INET), Mono County Sheriff’s Department, Mammoth Lakes Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department and the Bishop Police Department, concluded an investigation in Mammoth Lakes into the transportation and sales of methamphetamine.

MONET agents arranged to purchase methamphetamine from Hector Pacheco, Jr., 34, Ontario. Pacheco met with the undercover agents and completed the transaction sale. As the transaction was completed, an arrest team attempted to take him into custody. Pacheco got into his vehicle and rapidly accelerated away, nearly striking a member of the arrest team.

As Pacheco fled the scene, he struck a Mono County Sheriff’s patrol unit that was attempting to stop him. He then fled at a high rate of speed down Old Mammoth Road failing to stop at two controlled intersections. Pacheco continued to flee outside of the Town of Mammoth Lakes, traveling southbound on to S.R. 203 and onto U.S. 395 at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Law enforcement officers pursued him from Mammoth Lakes to just outside of Bishop.

His vehicle was stopped by law enforcement officers using the PIT maneuver (a pursuit tactic used to force a fleeing vehicle to stop). Pacheco was arrested without further incident and transported to the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport. As a result of the arrest, MONET agents seized a ½ pound of methamphetamine.

Pacheco is currently in custody at the Mono County Jail facing charges of felony evading, assault with a deadly weapon, and transportation and sales of narcotics.