Man accused of leading deputies on high-speed chase to stand trial

By From page A5 | June 11, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The man accused of leading a trio of Solano County sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase that ended with a crash and a deputy seriously injured was ordered Monday to stand trial on five felony charges.

Edward T. Asis, 27, was ordered at the end of a Monday probable cause hearing to return to court June 23, when he will be arraigned on the charges and may have dates set for a jury trial.

Deputies testified at the hearing that Deputy Rick Mroz spotted a stolen on the evening of Jan. 1 on Highway 12 near Chadbourne Road. A three-minute high-speed chase ensued, with speeds of up to 100 mph that ended abruptly at the intersection of Highway 12 and Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Honda careened into a field, crashing into a cyclone fence. Mroz careened into a light pole, destroying his Crown Victoria patrol car.

Mroz suffered two broken legs and a fractured pelvis in the crash. He is steadily recovering from his injuries, a sheriff’s official said. Mroz returned to work last month on a light-duty assignment.

As deputies and Fairfield police helped Mroz, other deputies tried to track down Asis and a companion who had also fled from the wrecked stolen Honda, according to police.

California Highway Patrol officers in a helicopter over the crash scene spotted Asis a short distance from the crash about an hour after the crash. He was found in a canal, his head barely sticking out of the water.

Asis’ companion, Desiree Bello, was also captured. She posted bail after her arrest after pleaded not guilty to a single count of possessing stolen property. She skipped court and has a warrant outstanding for her arrest.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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