LANCASTER – A reputed white power gang associate was captured Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly fled deputies on a stolen motorcycle at speeds of up to 90 mph on the wrong side of the road, authorities said.
Patrick Keesling, 36, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft vehicle, reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol and an illegal narcotic, according to Sgt. Steve Owen of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
Owen said the incident began around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, when deputies spotted a stolen Honda 950 traveling west on Avenue K at 50th Street West.
The patrol unit made a U-turn to attempt a traffic stop, but before that could happen, the suspect fled, Owen said.
“He took off at a high rate of speed and luckily we had several deputies in the area,” Owen said. “He passed several cars on the wrong side of the road, both on the left and on the right.”
Deputies did not chase the motorcycle as it traveled against traffic through the Quartz Hill area at nearly 90 mph, Owen said. They tracked the vehicle using Lancaster’s Law Enforcement Aerial Platform System (L.E.A.P.S.), which was assisted by a sheriff’s helicopter, Owen said.
“Through our surveillance system we were able to track the suspect to [the 43700 block of 46th Street West],” Owen said. “He hid the bike in the backyard, entered the house through the rear sliding glass door, and attempted to hide and conceal himself in an upstairs bedroom.”
Deputies contained the neighborhood and Keesling was eventually taken into custody without incident, according to Owen. Keesling’s sister was also arrested on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact, Owen said.
“[She] attempted to conceal the suspect and tried to divert us away from the house so we wouldn’t find him, and then she also lied about the suspect’s name,” Owen said.
The arrests were part of an ongoing effort by Lancaster Sheriff’s Station’s “LANCAP” team, according to Owen.
“We’ve been working an increase in stolen vehicles and stolen motorcycles recently,” Owen said. “We’ve had several white power gang members who were involved in the stealing of motorcycles, such as the one over here.”