Car chase through Sierra Tract leads to arrest
Snow-covered roads in the Sierra Tract helped police catch a 38-year-old South Lake Tahoe man Tuesday morning after a short car chase.
Around 7:40 a.m., a South Lake Tahoe officer noticed a car stuck on a berm at the entrance of River Drive at U.S. Highway 50. The officer identified the black Volkswagen Jetta as stolen and moved into position to initiate a stop. The driver abruptly changed direction, broke free of the berm, and headed east on the highway, only to turn back into the neighborhood on Stockton Avenue.
Police said the car was going around 30 mph, and fishtailing into oncoming traffic. The officer backed off her pursuit, and the car stopped at the intersection of Palmira and Stockton avenues. A woman got out of the car’s passenger seat. As the officer was instructing the woman to put her hands above her head, the car took off.
The pursuit continued through the neighborhood. Police said the car was hindered by the snow on the roads and the driver eventually jumped out, at the intersection of Armstrong Avenue and Sierra Boulevard, while the car was still moving and took off on foot.
The officer stopped the car with the emergency break while another officer apprehended Ricky Stockton, 38, one street over on Elwood Avenue.
Police said the car was stolen around 9 a.m. Monday from a covered parking lot on Manzanita Avenue. The owner went out and turned on her car to warm it up and returned to her apartment. Several minutes later she saw the car being driven out of the lot.
Stockton was booked for the unlawful taking of a vehicle, evading a peace officer, and being under the influence of dangerous drugs. Stockton also had an outstanding warrant for violating his parole, officers said.
The woman who exited the car at Palmira wasn’t located.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The reopening of U.S. Highway 50 starts 8 a.m. today for residents and property owners in preparation for its full opening 8 a.m. Tuesday.