Saturday May 26
2:33 a.m., U.S. Highway 50 and Rufus Allen Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe – hit and run, resisting arrest, suspended license. Police arrested Jeremy Woodford, 21, of South Lake Tahoe, after he ignored officers who tried to stop him for reportedly speeding on Highway 50. Police said Woodford reached speeds of at least 60 mph as he led patrolmen on a chase through the parking lots of the Budget Inn and Royal Inn. The pursuit ended when Woodford crashed into a pole and planter behind Smart & Final, a buy-in-bulk grocery store at 3471 Highway 50. Woodford bolted from a 1978 brown Mercury Cougar he was driving before officers on foot caught him trying to jump a fence near the El Dorado Boat Ramp at 2:50 a.m. He reportedly told an officer he didn’t stop because he was frightened after being ticketed earlier in the week for driving with a suspended license. The most serious charge police tagged to Woodford is felony evading an officer. That charge is booked when an officer’s life is endangered by a chase, police said.
10:19 p.m., 1100 block of Dedi Avenue, South Lake Tahoe – assault with a deadly weapon. A birthday party got ugly when the 12-year-old birthday boy pulled a butterfly knife and stabbed a guest in the back. The stab wound came after an argument led to a fight during which the boy brought the knife out of his pocket. The fight occurred in the bedroom of the house. The boy who was cut, also 12, had a laceration 2-centimeters deep in his upper back. It reportedly required several sutures to close. Police said the sleepover birthday was supervised by parents.
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