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Man Charged in Motorcycle Chase Enters Plea

September 7, 2005
Contacts: Joe Scott, Director of Communications
Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
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NEWHALL A motorcyclist who led officers on a televised chase from Santa Clarita to the Glendale Galleria where he ditched the bike pleaded no contest today to felony evading and perjury, the District Attorney’s office announced.

Alvaro Rodriguez, also known as Alvaro Avila, 26 (dob 8-6-79), was immediately sentenced by Newhall Superior Court Judge Lloyd Nash to two years in state prison, said Deputy District Attorney Lupe Gonzalez.

Rodriguez was arrested June 15 by California Highway Patrol officers in Woodland Hills where he had gone to allegedly file a stolen motorcycle report, officials said. The perjury charged stemmed from his claim that his Yamaha motorcycle was stolen a day earlier.

Rodriguez pleaded no contest to leading police on a high-speed chase on June 14 that began on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway at Sand Canyon Road after a motorcyclist refused to pull over for CHP officers. The pursuit ended when he drove his motorcycle into the Glendale Galleria parking garage and abandoned it and went inside the mall and managed to escape.

Rodriguez, who was on probation for perjury in a Glendale case, had his probation terminated in that case, Gonzalez said.


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