Sacramento man, 35, arrested after chase, lockdown at Tahoe marina |

Sacramento man, 35, arrested after chase, lockdown at Tahoe marina

Jack Barnwell

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A standoff between a suspected car thief and law enforcement ended late Saturday afternoon at the Tahoe Keys Marina with an arrest.

El Dorado County Sheriff deputies arrested the suspect, identified by South Lake Police Lt. David Stevenson as Cory Pearson, 35, of Sacramento.

Earlier, Pearson had led deputies on a slow-speed chase from Meyers in a white sedan after being questioned at 12:30 p.m. while he was pulled to the side of the road on U.S. Highway 50, according to EDCSO Sgt. Paul Hadjes.

Pearson eventually ended up at the Tahoe Keys Marina. From there, South Lake Tahoe police called in their MRAP vehicle along with SWAT and three negotiators.

Residents in nearby businesses were kept on lockdown while law enforcement attempted to negotiate with Pearson, according to SLTPD Sgt. Travis Cabral.

Cabral said Pearson was moving back and forth in the vehicle at different times and made what appeared to be threatening gestures in the car.

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"At one point … he made some movements that he was going to back up and ram us, so we positioned the MRAP in such a way that where he made contact with us and he was pushed into a tree," Cabral said.

Pearson attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended at 4:10 p.m.