A man damaged fences and his own car when he fled police in Heritage Junction Historic Park in Newhall on Tuesday morning.
The suspect was seen driving erratically around 10:15 a.m. in the park when maintenance workers asked him to slow down.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s deputies were patrolling in the area and were asked by the workers to talk to the man.
“To me he had that blank-stare look in his face like he was under the influence of something, and that’s initially what had park staff flag us down,” a deputy said.
Upon seeing the deputies, the suspect fled the scene, taking out part of a picket fence and grazing sprinklers in front of the Newhall Ranch House, as well as an informational sign, a garden area and a chain-link gate before exiting through the front entrance gate and heading southbound on Newhall Avenue.
Deputies initially thought the vehicle would crash into the historic Pardee House after launching off of the walkway in front of the Newhall Ranch House. They exited their patrol car in order to pursue the suspect on foot, should he attempt to run.
Instead, the brand-new black Chevy Impala skirted the back side of the house and smashed through the chain-link gate.
“The most expensive part is probably going to be replacing the fence and gate in front and the damage to our picket fence,” said Duane Harte, an SCV Historical Society’s treasurer.
The driver of the car is described as a Hispanic male with a slim build, between 25 and 30 years old, with slick, medium-length black hair.
The vehicle is described as a new, black 2013-2014 Chevrolet Impala 4-door sedan with paper plates and moderate front-end damage.