Vehicle, foot pursuit ends with arrest, charges

A man remains behind Logan County bars after leading a deputy in a vehicle pursuit and then a foot pursuit. Luckily, the action took place when many visitors were sleeping.

Early Friday morning, a Logan County deputy initiated a traffic stop on a white 2016 Dodge Ram due to a brake light being out. However, the driver did not stop.

The driver, 26-year-old Mario Cardoza-Velenzuela, attempted to slow down at Dannyland Dr. and then turned onto E. Valley Dr. He quickly accelerated causing rocks to be thrown from the vehicle’s tires.

According to a report, Cardoza-Velenzula turned into the Lazy E Arena parking lot driving 50 miles per hour. The grounds were set up with vendors and RVs for the Little Britches Rodeo.

A deputy says the area was populated but due to the time (3:41 a.m.), most people were sleeping.

The truck exited the parking lot onto Post Road towards Charter Oak Road.

Cardoza-Velenzula reportedly jumped out and began running through a neighborhood before jumping into a brush pile. Despite multiple commands to stand up, Cardoza-Velenzula refused and was tased and taken into custody.

The driver was found to have an invalid driver’s license, two arrest warrants, and marijuana.

In May 2022, Cardoza-Velenzula was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (meth) and resisting arrest.

Cardoza-Velenzula faced a judge Monday afternoon and was given a $50,000 bond.


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