‚Äč  Ends in Arrest of Angry Tenant 


Big Bear Sheriff Deputies responded to a call of a disturbance at Big Bear Resort Management in the 41000 block of Big Bear Boulevard, Big Bear Lake. Wednesday January 14th just before 1:00 P.M., a tenant identified as Michael Gillespie, at the location, became agitated when he was asked to move out of a rental property.  

As deputies arrived on scene, they observed Gillespie, known to deputies from prior law enforcement contact, speeding away from the business in a red Nissan Pathfinder. Gillespie failed to yield to a traffic stop, initiating a vehicle pursuit.

Deputies followed Gillespie into the Snow Summit parking lot where the pursuit became unsafe due to the amount of pedestrians at the resort. Deputies lost visual contact with Gillespie, but believed he would attempt to make his way down the hill.

With the assistance of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation Division and Sheriff Deputies from Twin Peaks and Highland, Gillespie was located on State Route 330 in Running Springs.

Gillespie was reported to be driving erratically at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. Deputies successfully engaged the use of a spike strip on Gillespie’s vehicle near the Ranger Station on SR-330, puncturing three tires on the vehicle and causing it to stop. Gillespie was taken into custody without further incident and is awaiting to be booked at West Valley Detention Center.