Murrieta: Driver of a Get-a-Way Car Pleads Guilty to Felony Evasion in the Crash & Death of his Accomplice in August

On August 5, 2018, at approximately 2 in the morning, a Murrieta Police Department patrol unit checked on a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of 25195 Madison Avenue in Murrieta.

The patrol unit just returned to the city after assisting the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department (RSO) with the investigation of a series of commercial burglaries in the City of Temecula. The patrol officer checked the suspicious vehicle as it backed into a stall at the closed commercial business.

As the patrol officer approached the suspicious black two door compact vehicle, the vehicle sped out of the parking lot and south on Madison Avenue. The driver committed several vehicle code violations and a pursuit ensued.

After an approximate 1.7 mile pursuit in which the suspect vehicle’s speed exceeded 80 mph, the driver, 20 year old Harvey Lacy lost control and rolled his vehicle at the intersection of Madison Ave. and Elm Street.

Lacy and the passenger in the car, Joshua Newman, were both ejected from the vehicle during the collision. Newman, who was 24 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Murrieta Fire Department.

Murrieta Detectives and CHP investigators responded to the scene to assume the investigation

Lacy was transported to Inland Valley Hospital Trauma Center for treatment of his non-life threatening injuries. After being medically cleared, Lacy was arrested for 2800.3(b) CVC and 187(a) PC and booked at Cois Byrd Detention Facility.

During pretrial proceedings, Lacy accepted a plea deal. On October 11th, Harvey Lacy was convicted of 2800.3 (b) CVC Felony Evasion Causing Injury or Death and three counts of 459 PC Commercial Burglary. He was sentenced to 8 years in State Prison.

Press Release Provided By the Murrieta Police Department