Car chase around Lake Tahoe ends safely; three in custody
October 15, 2010
UPDATE: 5:30 p.m. Friday
TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; A high-speed chase along Lake Tahoeand#8217;s west shore Friday afternoon ended with officers taking three people into custody.
The pursuit began about 1:30 p.m. after South Lake Tahoe police attempted to stop a white Chevrolet Suburban in the area of Springwood Drive because they believed a 21-year-old South Lake Tahoe man wanted on suspicion of two felony probation violations was in the vehicle.
When police tried to stop the vehicle, the driver sped off, driving west down the center lane of U.S. Highway 50, running red lights and reaching speeds of up to 65 mph, said Officer Ryan Wagoner.
The Suburban then went north on Highway 89, leading California Highway Patrol Officers, El Dorado County Sheriffand#8217;s deputies and South Lake Tahoe police around the highwayand#8217;s steep and narrow section surrounding Emerald Bay.
Suspected methamphetamine was thrown from the vehicle during the chase and recovered by authorities, said California Highway Patrol Officer Andrew Poyner.
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Authorities deployed several spike strips during the chase. The driver of the vehicle was able to avoid at least one of the spike strips, Poyner said.
Two spike strips were successful at flattening tires on the Suburban, but the driver continued riding on the vehicleand#8217;s rims for several miles, Poyner said.
The Suburban turned right on Highway 28 in Tahoe City and the chase came to an end about 2:15 p.m. when a CHP officer successfully stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Highway 28 and Cedar Flat, Poyner said. The officer hit a rear quarter panel of the Suburban, causing it to turn sideways and stop.
Although the three occupants of the vehicle hesitated, they eventually left the vehicle without resistance, Poyner said.
The identities of those arrested were not immediately available. They are being held in Placer County Jail, Poyner said.
The driver is likely to face evading arrest charges, and all three are likely to face drug charges, Poyner said.