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Man pleads not guilty after chase

Steele faces second strike if convicted

STAFF WRITER

VICTORVILLE • A man accused of leading Barstow police on a pursuit through city streets and on a stretch of Interstate 40 last week entered not guilty pleas on four charges Monday.

Appearing via video conference for his arraignment at the Victorville courthouse, Dupree Steele pleaded not guilty to two felonies — possession of a controlled substance and fleeing a police officer, court records show. He also pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanors.

Steele, 37, faces a second strike on his record if convicted, according to court records.

In 2000, Steele was sentenced to six years in state prison after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the 1997 death of West Covina resident Randy Lutz.

Barstow police said Steele was under the influence of PCP when arrested Thursday after the pursuit.

He is next scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 20. He remains in custody at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Barstow Police Department at 760-256-2211. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip Hotline at 800-782-7463.


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