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Man pleads not guilty after high-speed pursuit

STAFF WRITER

NEWBERRY SPRINGS • A man pleaded not guilty to evading a peace officer and drug possession charges on Monday after being arrested in Newberry Springs last week, court records show.

Michael Fowlkes was arrested New Year’s Eve after refusing to pull over after a deputy attempted to stop him for expired registration and not displaying a front license plate, according to a news release sent out on Tuesday by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Barstow Station.

Fowlkes, driving an older model Ford truck, accelerated and refused to stop, authorities said. Fowlkes attempted to evade Deputy Cody Korkotsakis by driving through a “busy gas station” and then turned onto a dirt road at high speed. Korkotsakis pursued Fowlkes at a “safe speed” on the dirt and found the truck abandoned less than a mile down the road disabled and stopped, according to the release.

Fowlkes fled on foot but was caught by Korkotsakis. Additional units responded to set up a perimeter to nab the passenger, who also fled.

Passenger Patrick Jones was located after deputies followed shoe tracks through a “clump of tumbleweeds” were he was arrested without incident, the release states.

After searching the vehicle, deputies found two vials of white powder, which tested positive as amphetamine.

Jones, 33, was arrested on suspicion of resisting a peace officer and was booked into Barstow Jail, where he was cited and released, court records show.

Fowlkes was booked into the Adelanto Detention Center in Adelanto in lieu of $100,000 bail and is next scheduled in court on Jan. 14, court records show.

Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.


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