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
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
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.