A 30-year-old Keyes man was arrested on multiple charges Sunday evening after he tried to flee police who initially thought he had attempted to rob the Mitchell Road 7-Eleven store.
At 6:37 p.m. officers were sent to the 7-11 at Mitchell and Service roads for a customer report of an armed man inside the store committing a robbery. As police units were responding, it was reported that the suspect had left the store and was getting into a Silver Toyota Avalon. Officer Eric Gallegos saw the Toyota turn east onto Service Road and attempted to stop it. The driver did not stop and a pursuit was initiated. The pursuit went eastbound on Service Road, southbound on Faith Home Road and then turned into a trailer park in the 4900 block of Faith Home Road. In an attempt to end the pursuit, Gallegos used a PIT (pursuit intervention technique) maneuver to immobilize the Toyota once inside the park. Driver Inderpal Sidhu, 30, of Keyes, and a 17-year-old passenger were detained.
Police determined that no robbery had taken place nor was any gun seen. They determined that Inderpal had only mentioned a weapon during an argument with another customer and that he kept his hand in his waist band as if he had a gun. The store clerk told another customer that Inderpal had a firearm and that customer called 911 stating the store was being robbed by an armed male.
Inderpal was found to be driving under the influence and his Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) was 0.13 percent. He was booked for recklessly fleeing or evading the police, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol level above .08 percent, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The juvenile was taken home and released to his parents.