PALMDALE – A 36-year-old Lancaster man was taken into custody for a mental health evaluation late Sunday night after he led numerous California Highway Patrol officers on an erratic, high speed chase through Palmdale city streets, authorities said.
Rashuan Demarr Cager is expected to be charged with felony evading and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the incident, which began around 10:10 p.m. Sunday on the southbound Antelope Valley 14 Freeway in the vicinity of Avenue N, according to CHP Officer Gil Hernandez.
“One of our CHP officers made an attempt to stop a white Cadillac for driving in and out of lanes at a high rate of speed,” Hernandez said. “When the CHP officer activated the red lights, the vehicle accelerated to a high rate of speed and failed to yield to the right.”
Instead, Cager exited the freeway on Palmdale Boulevard and raced eastbound through several surface streets with numerous officers in pursuit, Hernandez said.
At one point, Cager drove directly at a responding CHP unit, Hernandez said.
“The patrol car was responding to the pursuit trying to get in position when the subject drove on the wrong side of the road, attempting to crash head on with that unit,” Hernandez said. “That officer was able to take evasive action.”
The high-speed chase ended around 10:27 p.m., when Cager came to a stop and was arrested near 17th Street East and Avenue Q-6, Hernandez said.
No injuries were reported in connection with the chase, Hernandez said.