Arraignment expected today for pursuit suspect |

Arraignment expected today for pursuit suspect

Rob Bhatt

Criminal charges are likely today against Jeremy Nance, the 19-year-old South Lake Tahoe man who led authorities Thursday on a high speed chase across town.

Nance remains in El Dorado County Jail in lieu of $35,000 bail for suspicion of hit-and-run, vehicle theft and four counts of assault with a deadly weapon against peace officers.

The latter charges stem from allegations that Nance tried to ram into California Highway Patrol and South Lake Tahoe police officers who pursued him during the car chase.

Formal charges against the suspect are pending review of arrest reports by the District Attorney’s office, which has until 5 p.m. today to file charges before the suspect can be released.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Watson on Friday declined to disclose the statements Nance made to police and sheriff’s investigators following his arrest.

The pursuit of the suspect was carried out by more than 15 officers from the CHP, police department and sheriff’s department, which has jurisdiction over the area where Nance was apprehended.

According to El Dorado County Municipal Court records, Nance pleaded guilty in February 1996 to one count of misdemeanor reckless driving and was put on summary court probation for one year.

The court records do not indicate whose car Nance was driving when the offense occurred.

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