A man in Yuba County, California, who led police on a high-speed motorcycle chase was found going for a dip in his hot tub before he was arrested.
According to the California High Way Patrol near the Yuba-Sutter area, a CHP officer attempted to stop a black Harvey Davidson motorcycle for speeding and fake plates on State Route 20 near Marysville Road in Yuba County.
The motorcyclist, identified as 24-year-old Cristobal Alejandro Barboza, was riding at 90 mph in a 50-mph zone, police said.
His license plate also spelled the letters “RUN THS” with the image of a middle finger between the words.
“The license plate was clearly not the issued DMV plate for the Harley,” the CHP said.
Police attempted to pull the rider over, but he ignored police and instead accelerated to 110 mph.
According to the police report, the officer pursued Barboza until he lost sight of the motorcycle, but assisting officers eventually caught up with him.
“Responding officers located the Harley on Hammonton-Smartville Road east of Brophy Road and re-engaged in the pursuit. The Harley turned south on Griffith Avenue, west on N. Beale Road and east on Hammonton Smartville Rd. The Harley turned on McLaughlin and was eventually located abandoned in a driveway on Oleander Lane,” the report stated.
Barboza eventually abandoned his vehicle and hopped a fence in Yuba City.
With help from local residents, police were able to establish a perimeter of the area and deploy K-9 units.
Ultimately, a K-9 named Rip led police right to the suspect, who was found in an unlikely place — his jacuzzi.
“Yuba City Police K-9 Rip was deployed to search for the suspect. Rip took officers into a neighboring backyard and up to a covered hot tub. Officers located the suspect hiding in the 104-degree water with his motorcycle helmet still on. The use of K-9 Rip was instrumental in locating the suspect in this case,” CHP wrote.
Barboza was taken into custody and booked into the Yuba County jail on felony charges of evading police and displaying false registration, as well as vandalism charges. His Harley was impounded for 30 days.
Bail was set at $100,000.
According to the CHP, Yuba County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in the pursuit.