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Police: Man Leads Officers on Chase at 120+ Miles, Crashes on I-10 Onramp

The chase ended when the driver crashed into a road barrier on Interstate 10, at Date Palm Drive, according to police.

A suspect in several burglaries who allegedly led police on a high-speed chase into Cathedral City before crashing while trying to get onto Interstate 10 was behind bars Tuesday in Banning.

Palm Springs resident Waldo Craig Barker, 36, was arrested about 7:20 p.m. Monday near Date Palm Drive and Interstate 10 in Cathedral City, when he crashed into a barrier.   About 15 minutes prior to that, a police officer spotted him in a car in Palm Springs and tried to arrest him, Palm Springs police Sgt. Mike Kovaleff said.

The officer was patrolling in Palm Springs when he saw Barker stopped in a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am and recognized him as a wanted felon, the sergeant said.

"The officer stopped his patrol car in front of Barker’s vehicle and ordered Barker at gunpoint to turn off the car," Kovaleff said.  "Barker ignored the officer’s repeated commands, backed the vehicle up, and sped off."

The ensuing pursuit lasted about 10 minutes, as Barker led the officers about 10 miles into Cathedral City at speeds up to about 120 mph, Kovaleff said.

"Barker lost control of his vehicle as he attempted to turn onto the eastbound I-10 on-ramp from northbound Date Palm Drive," Kovaleff said.  "He collided with a road barrier and the pursuit ended."

He was arrested, treated for minor injuries and booked at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, with bail set at $100,000. He is expected to be arraigned Thursday at the Larson Justice Center in Indio, according to jail records.

Barker had been wanted in connection to two residential burglaries, two vehicle burglaries, and a vehicle theft, according to Kovaleff.

--City News Service contributed to this report.

Steve Mehlman January 09, 2013 at 07:02 PM
A little touchy, eh, concerned citizen? Where the hell did LLODOWN say one thing about condoing this crook and nut-job? Lighten up, dude!
pam topper January 09, 2013 at 07:53 PM
James Hampton January 09, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Good one, John.
LLODOWN January 10, 2013 at 01:14 AM
LOL. Kindness, joy, love & happiness! I work @ night. Let's just be nice on here k? It's only local news. Nasty comments does not change what PPLE do...
Local Businessman January 21, 2013 at 09:36 PM
To the two, CONCERNED CITIZENS... It's great that you apparently both have some concern for our community. It would be a great thing if there were many more genuinely "concerned" citizens around. Actions speak louder than words however, so I'd like to place a challange to the both of you (and to any other person here who claims to have some concern for our community). Let's see some action. Volunteer in the community to help raise money or serve meals at Carol's Kitchen or the Table of Plenty. Spend some time at H.E.L.P. Inc. assisting with their many needs helping in their Food Bank or even in their Thrift Store. When you see a piece of paper or other debris on the sidewalk, don't wait for someone else to pick it up to properly dispose of it. Show your true "concern" by bending over and picking it up yourself. There are MANY ways that we can all show our concern as citizens of The Pass, so let's stop all of the words, and show some action. God bless you all...


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