Conrad Hughes Hilton, the younger brother of Paris Hilton, pleaded not guilty Thursday to leading an officer on a high-speed pursuit last summer in Cathedral City.
Hilton, 21, appeared before a judge at the Larson Justice Center in Indio, where he faces a single felony count of reckless evasion of a peace officer.
His next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 13, but his attorney filed a request Thursday asking that Hilton not be required to appear at the felony status conference.
On Aug. 23, 2014, California Department of Fish and Game Officer Jason Green spotted Hilton just before noon on eastbound Interstate 10 in Calimesa. He was driving a black newer-model BMW at high speed while swerving recklessly in and out of lanes, nearly colliding with several moving cars, Green alleged in a declaration in support of an arrest warrant.
Green said he activated his vehicle’s lights and siren and tried to pull over the BMW, then saw the driver look into his rear-view mirror and speed off.
“The suspect vehicle accelerated, fleeing eastbound on Interstate 10 passing a sign for the Cherry Valley exit,” Green wrote.
The officer gave chase but alleges Hilton began driving even more recklessly, swerving left into the center median, where he drove on dirt at more than 100 mph, overtaking more vehicles.
Green said he lost sight of the BMW “in a cloud of dust” and ended the pursuit for safety reasons.
>About 30 minutes later, a dispatcher notified Green that a BMW fitting the description of the suspect’s car had crashed on Interstate 10 at Date Palm Drive near Cathedral City. Green arrived moments later and confirmed it was the car and driver he had pursued earlier Hilton suffered a broken hand in the crash.
A month earlier, an enraged Hilton was restrained and handcuffed by flight attendants on a transcontinental flight after an outburst in which he called fellow passengers “peasants” and accused the crew of “taking the peasants’ side,” according to an affidavit written by an FBI agent who investigated that disturbance.
During the nearly 11-hour flight, Hilton physically threatened two flight attendants and repeatedly smoked marijuana and cigarettes in an airplane lavatory, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
On March 17, Hilton pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court to causing a disruption aboard an international flight, telling a judge that he checked into a rehabilitation facility afterward and was medicated for the “psychotic breakdown.”
He was sentenced June 16 to three years probation, 750 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine in that case, and vowed to the judge that he would stay out of trouble.
Six days later, he was arrested again for allegedly violating a restraining order by going to his ex-girlfriend’s Hollywood Hills home. Proceedings are pending in that case.