SAPD finds, arrests evasive motorcyclist, recovers stolen motorcycles

Two people were arrested Saturday after a man led police on a short pursuit on a motorcycle.

According to a San Angelo Police Department press release, at approximately 5:40 p.m. Saturday, a San Angelo Police officer saw a man operating a motorcycle without a license plate in the unit block of North Bishop Street. The officer tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the man fled. A short pursuit ensued, but was terminated because of the suspect’s high speed and disregard for public safety.

Later in the shift, the same motorcyclist was seen in the area and multiple units responded in an attempt to contain the man in a two-block radius. Officers developed a possible residence for the man in the 200 block of North Bishop Street, after they found motorcycle tire tracks behind the residence, which led them to the suspect’s motorcycle, that was still running and partially concealed by a blanket.

Through a records check, officers found out that the 2007 Husqvarna motorcycle had been reported stolen on Dec. 31, 2016, from the 800 block of Paint Rock Road.

During a follow-up investigation at the residence, officers identified the driver as 34-year-old Steven Alexander West, who was wanted on outstanding warrants. West was found hiding in the attic. During a search of a shed on the property, officers found several motorcycle parts; another stolen motorcycle taken from the 600 block of Baker Street on Dec. 1, 2016; and a woman identified as 24-year-old Brandy Chanae Hernandez, who was wanted on multiple outstanding county warrants.

Detectives with the department’s Criminal Investigations Division and CSI responded to the residence to process the scene. Subsequent to the field investigation, West was arrested for evading arrest detention with vehicle and his warrants. Hernandez was arrested for her outstanding warrants.

Both were transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident. Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.