FAIRFIELD — One of two suspects who was in a high-speed chase with a Solano County sheriff’s deputy that ended with a crash and the deputy seriously injured pleaded not guilty Monday to a single felony charge of possessing stolen property.
Desiree B. Bello, 20, who is also charged with a misdemeanor of resisting arrest, was ordered to return to court Jan. 21 for a probable cause hearing.
Judge Peter B. Foor reduced Bello’s bail to $15,000 from $70,000, since prosecutors did not charge her with more serious crimes such as those they filed against her companion in their car, 27-year-old Edward D. Asis.
Asis was not arraigned Monday. He posted bail before the scheduled hearing and will be arraigned at a future date. Prosecutors filed numerous felony charges against Asis earlier in the day.
Asis was allegedly behind the wheel of a stolen car, along with Bello, when Deputy Rick Mroz spotted them along Highway 12 on the evening of Jan. 1. A brief high-speed chase ended at the intersection of Highway 12 and Pennsylvania Avenue, where Mroz lost control of his patrol car and hit a light pole. Mroz suffered two broken legs and a fractured pelvis in the crash.
Bello and Asis were arrested near the crash scene a short time later. Their car ended up mired in a field and they tried to flee from authorities.
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