Ojai Man on Motorcycle Leads Deputy in a Vehicle Pursuit

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release 

Morgan Sterling

On 7/24/18, a deputy observed a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop and the motorcyclist failed to yield, committing several traffic violations as he attempted to flee. The motorcyclist was later identified as 23 year old Ojai resident, Morgan Sterling.

While fleeing from the deputy, Sterling showed no regard for his safety, pedestrians, or other motor vehicles on the roadway. His actions were so egregious that his failure to yield rose to the level of felony evading, a violation of 2800.2(a) CVC. During the pursuit, Sterling made a sudden illegal U-turn in front of the deputy’s vehicle which caused a collision that ending the pursuit.

At the conclusion of the pursuit Sterling was transported to the hospital for minor injuries. The City of Camarillo’s Traffic Unit responded and conducted the traffic accident portion of this investigation. In addition to these investigations, a California Driver’s License check was conducted and determined the Sterling did not have a Class M1 License issued to him at the time of this incident.

On 08/08/2018, Sterling came to the station with a family member, at the request of detectives, and was arrested for felony evading and reckless driving. He was booked into custody at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility, his bail is set at $55,000.00 he is scheduled to appear in court on 08/10/2018.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank members of the public for their on-going support and due diligence in providing information to assist our agency in solving crimes and determining the right course of action in investigations. We are better at what we do because of our community partnerships.

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One Response to Ojai Man on Motorcycle Leads Deputy in a Vehicle Pursuit

  1. Miguel Espinosa August 9, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Good report, George Miller.


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