Man pleads in auto theft and fraud case

A Carson City man who led police in California and Oregon on high-speed chases in April, pleaded guilty in Carson City District Court on Tuesday to grand larceny of a motor vehicle and obtaining money under false pretenses.

Daniel Mondragon III, 27, faces 12 to 120 months on the auto theft charge and 12 to 72 months on the fraud charge when he is sentenced Sept. 9.

On April 26, with warrants out for his arrest in Carson City, Mondragon and a Reno woman led Baker City, Ore., police on a high-speed chase after officers pulled over the stolen vehicle Mondragon was driving.

The chase continued for several more miles with speeds of up to 130 mph before Mondragon pulled over, according to police.

He was convicted of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and eluding police on June 17 and sentenced to 18 months probation and ordered to pay $6,267 in restitution, according to Baker City Circuit Court records.

On April 16, Mondragon was allegedly involved in a police chase in Placer County, Calif., in which he rammed a patrol car to elude capture in a vehicle stolen out of Carson City.

He is also suspected of attempting to cash a check stolen from a Carson City auto burglary at an Auburn, Calif., bank.

Calls to the Placer County District Attorney's Office concerning the disposition of the Auburn case were not immediately returned.

Mondragon was brought back to Carson City on June 23 and remains in the Carson City Jail without bail.

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