Alleged snowmobile pursuit on South Shore results in injury to officer
December 22, 2008
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ” An incident in which two men allegedly tried to flee police by snowmobile ended with minor injuries to a police officer and the arrests of the two men.
Clint Baker and Conor Guckian, both 28, led officers on a pursuit that reached speeds of at least 70 mph, said South Lake Tahoe police Lt. Marty Hale.
The pursuit began near the corner of Pioneer Trail and Glen Road around 12:45 a.m. on Dec. 15, when an officer tried to pull the men over for riding snowmobiles on public streets, Hale said.
The men accelerated away from the officer and a game of cat-and-mouse ensued along streets near the California Lodge at Heavenly Mountain Resort.
Officers located Baker near the intersection of Saddle and Keller roads, Hale said.
One officer got out of the vehicle and ordered Baker to stop, but Baker accelerated toward the officer, who tried to jump out of the way, Hale said.
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The snowmobile struck the officer in the right shin and foot, causing minor injuries, Hale said.
One of the men also allegedly tried to hit an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy during the pursuit.
Baker allegedly tried to flee again but stalled coming around a corner, Hale said. A pursuing officer came around the corner and had to swerve to avoid the man, Hale said.
The officer hit a snow pole, scratching the vehicle’s front bumper, Hale said.
Police subsequently arrested Baker at 1:23 a.m. on suspicion of evading police, intoxicated driving, assault with a deadly weapon and obstructing an officer. Police later located Guckian at a South Lake Tahoe home. Several sets of snowmobile tracks led to the residence, Hale said.
Police arrested Guckian around 3:40 a.m. on suspicion of evading police, assault with a deadly weapon and obstructing an officer, Hale said.