Moore pleads guilty to evading

December 17, 2013 

The man arrested and charged with driving under the influence, felony evading, and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamines) back on Oct. 10, plead guilty to felony reckless driving/evading police and misdemeanor DUI on Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Madera County Superior Court Sierra Division in Bass Lake.

Azar Moore, 34, of Atascadero led police on a 40-mile police chase back in October that ended in a hour-long stand-off with police inside Yosemite National Park.

Officers deployed spike strips across Highway 41, in an attempt to disable the vehicle, which blew out three tires on the vehicle. At that time the vehicle considerably slowed down but never completely stopped. It was at this time that officers believe Moore switched with (Christie) Asberry behind the wheel.

The vehicle, with three tires blown-out, continued up and over Deadwood Mountain on Highway 41 between 45 and 50 m.p.h.

All three tires eventually came off the rims and when that happened Moore continued driving north on Highway 41 at speeds of 25 to 35 m.p.h. on the metal rims, throwing sparks from all three rims. Moore continued north past Cedar Valley and Fish Camp, entering the gate to Yosemite.

It wasn't till the rims were totally ground down that the vehicle came to a stop north of Alder Creek, just before the Badger Pass turn-off, roughly 13 miles into the National Parks.

Prior to his arrest in Yosemite, Moore had been arrested in September in connection with a gas station robbery in Paso Robles.

According to the Paso Robles Daily News newspaper, Moore was arrested on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in relation to a Sept. 2, robbery of the Shell gas station in Paso Robles.

Moore is expected to be sentenced for the DUI and evading charges sometime in December at the Sierra Division courthouse in Bass Lake.

Asberry who was arrested with Moore the night of Oct. 10 was released by Fresno County and no charges were filed by the District Attorney's Office. Asberry claims her innocence and according the the Paso Robles newspaper claims the two did not steal the car.

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