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Joshua Tree man accused of leading deputies on 52 mile pursuit


A Joshua Tree man was in custody Saturday evening accused of evading San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputies and leading them on a 52 mile pursuit.

Deputies arrested Raymond James Williams, 47, Friday evening while attempting a traffic stop on the 4500 Block of Avenida La Mirada in Joshua Tree on May 29th.

Investigators say Williams failed to yield and lead deputies on a fifty two mile pursuit through the Towns of Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley. During the pursuit, Williams intentionally struck a squad car with his vehicle in attempt to evade deputies.

Deputies were able to take Williams into custody in the Lucerne Valley area after disabling his vehicle. He then ran from the scene, leaving two simulated assault weapons inside the vehicle. Williams was booked at the High Desert Detention Center and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Deputies ask anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Morongo Basin Station at (760) 366-4175. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME(27463).

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