On Friday, March 20, sheriff's deputies arrested Highland resident James Dy for making criminal threats and and evading a peace officer, after he led deputies on high-speed pursuit through Highland and San Bernardino.
According to a sheriff's department press release, at 1:30 p.m. on Friday deputies from the Highland Police Department responded to a residence in the 7500 block of Alta Vista Road after receiving a 911 emergency call from the residence. The caller reported there was a male, identified as James Dy, 56, armed with a butcher knife threatening to cause harm to another family member at the location. Several deputies responded to the location. Deputies learned the suspect left the location armed with the knife in the family's car before the first deputy arrived. A description of the car was broadcasted to the responding deputies.
A sergeant responding to the location spotted Dy driving on Greenspot Road near Boulder Avenue. When deputies tried to stop him he ignored their attempt and a vehicle pursuit began. Dy drove his vehicle at high speeds on city streets in Highland and San Bernardino. He showed a reckless disregard for the safety of others. Dy was agitated and could be seen waving the butcher knife during the chase.
Deputies from the Sheriff's Aviation Division assisted the patrol deputies during the vehicle pursuit. The helicopter crew coordinated with the ground units during the pursuit to clear streets and main intersections along the route. The pursuit intervention technique (PIT maneuver) was used in the area of Fourth Street and D Street to end the chase.
Dy barricaded himself inside the car for about 20 minutes but surrendered after deputies talked him out of the vehicle. He was arrested and taken into custody without further incident.
Dy was booked at the West Valley Detention Center. He is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Tuesday, March 24, to be arraigned on the criminal charges against him.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Highland Police / Sheriff’s Station. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at wetip.com.