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California City Police arrest two people for stolen vehicle, transporting drugs

Posted at 8:07 AM, Dec 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-11 11:07:29-05

California City Police officers were able to locate a stolen vehicle and arrested the two people inside of it on December 10, 2017 around 7:00 p.m. by utilizing their on-board Lojack Systems.

The 2007 Cadillac had been stolen out of Temecula. 

Officers tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled and led police on a short pursuit. 

At the end of the pursuit the driver got out of the vehicle, and ran into a neighborhood, however, a K9 unit was able to help capture the suspect. 

40-year-old Chrystal Vitolla was the passenger in the vehicle and was detained by police on scene. 

28-year-old Ervin Morelli, the driver of the vehicle, was found hiding underneath of a home in the neighborhood he had run into. 

After searching the vehicle, police found approximately one ounce of methamphetamine as well as a police scanner. 

Morelli, who is on federal probation was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, transporting a controlled substance, and multiple felony warrants. Morelli is currently being held at Kern County Jail and his bail has been set at $187,500. 

Vitolla was arrested for multiple warrants including taking a vehicle without owner's consent, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Vitolla is also being held at Kern County Jail and her bail has been set at $30,000.