Car chase ends in meadow
South Lake Tahoe police arrested two people on Tuesday afternoon following a high speed chase through the Sierra Tract neighborhood that ended when a man drove a black Ford Mustang into the meadow off Springwood Drive.
Police arrested Christopher Wadstein, 21, on suspicion of kidnapping, evading police and a felony parole violation around 4 p.m. after he and Lacey Almdale, 23, allegedly fled into the meadow on foot, said South Lake Tahoe police Lt. David Stevenson. Police arrested Almdale on suspicion of obstructing police, Stevenson said.
Wadstein is a suspect in a Sunday kidnapping of a woman. Police did not release details of the kidnapping, but said the victim has been located unharmed. The kidnapping remains under investigation, Stevenson said.
Tuesday’s chase began around 3:45 p.m. after police located Wadstein driving the Ford Mustang near the intersection of Pioneer Trail and Black Bart Avenue, Stevenson said. Wadstein sped off, driving the car through Sierra Tract, across Highway 50 and into the meadow behind Meek’s Lumber and Hardware, Stevenson said. Two marked police vehicles pursued the car, Stevenson said.
The Ford Mustang reached speeds of more than 60 miles per hour during the chase and ended up about 100 yards into the meadow, Stevenson said.
Wadstein is being held in El Dorado County’s South Lake Tahoe jail on $526,500 bail, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s website.
It’s unknown whether Wadstein or Almdale have attorneys.