Desert Hot Springs Police are on the lookout for an alleged truck thief who ran off into the desert, but left his wallet and ID behind.
Jose Manuel Castillo of Indio was pulled over by a cop at about 1:50 a.m. due to code violations. According to police, Castillo at one point got out of the truck – but then ran back inside the truck and sped away almost running over the cop in the process.
Another officer then chased Castillo until he crashed into a building at Cabot Yerxa Elementary School and then ran off into the desert – leaving behind a loaded weapon and his wallet & drivers license in the truck.
Castillo is described as Hispanic, 5’7″ and 185 lbs. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and light-colored pants.
The truck had been reported stolen out of Cathedral City on Friday.