An Antioch woman pleaded not guilty on Monday to a felony charge related to a high-speed chase on New Year's Day that left a Solano County Sheriff's deputy seriously injured after his patrol car struck a light pole on Highway 12 in Fairfield.

Desiree Bello, 20, made her first appearance in Solano County Superior Court where she entered not guilty pleas to a felony charge of receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor charge of resisting or obstructing a peace officer causing serious bodily injury. Bello was arrested on Jan. 1 after Solano County Sheriff's Deputy Rick Mroz was involved in a pursuit of a stolen vehicle that Bello was alleged to have been in before it crashed.

According to sheriff's officials, Mroz attempted to stop the stolen white 1998 Honda Civic traveling on Highway 12 near Chadbourne Road in Fairfield when it began to accelerate away from him at a high rate of speed. The vehicle attempted to turn onto southbound Pennsylvania Avenue but lost control and ended up in a field near the intersection. Mroz also attempted to make the turn in pursuit of the vehicle but crashed into a light pole in the intersection.

Bello was arrested after a short foot chase, and a second suspect, Edward Asis, a 27-year-old Concord resident, also fled the vehicle and was located about 90 minutes later with the assistance of a CHP helicopter, sheriff's officials said.


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Asis has yet appear for arraignment, but has been charged by Solano County prosecutors with evading a peace officer causing serious bodily injury, resisting or obstructing a peace officer causing serious bodily injury, vehicle theft and receiving stolen property. He was booked into Solano County Jail with bail set at $70,000.

A probable cause hearing for Bello was set for 10 a.m. on Jan. 21 in the Fairfield courtroom of Judge Robert C. Fracchia. She remains in Solano County Jail with bail set at $15,000.

Mroz, who has been a deputy in Solano County for seven months, had to be extricated from his patrol vehicle by fire personnel following the crash. He remained hospitalized on Monday where he is recovering from serious injuries, officials said.