On Monday morning January 16th, Deputy J. Delano attempted to stop a 2003 white Dodge Durango on Powerline Road in Phelan for California vehicle code violations.
When Deputy Delano activated his overhead lights, the driver made a sharp turn up an embankment. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as 63 year-old Charles Smith of El Mirage, threw a small black object out the passenger side window of the vehicle. Smith came to a stop approximately 100 yards later where he discarded another item out the window.
Smith was found to be a convicted felon, currently on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) for weapons related charges. Deputies located 72 grams of methamphetamine along with a loaded .38 caliber revolver which Smith had thrown from his vehicle window. Charles Smith was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center where he is currently being held without bail.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy J. Delano, at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station 760-552-6800. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com.