CHP: Man arrested in South Lake Tahoe after leading police on chase in stolen vehicle
A California man in a stolen vehicle led authorities on a chase that started in Truckee and ended in South Lake Tahoe Wednesday.
Truckee police were first notified that a stolen 2017 Jeep Renegade had been tracked using the vehicle’s GPS system to Truckee, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP). The vehicle was stolen out of Reno. Police attempted to stop the vehicle at California State Route 89 and Deerfield Drive.
A 35-year-old man from Rodeo, California was driving the vehicle, according to CHP. He fled the scene in the vehicle, which sparked pursuit from Truckee police.
Police discontinued the chase once they hit Truckee town limits.
Eventually the GPS system detected the Jeep heading southbound on SR 89 from Tahoe City. CHP units based out of South Lake Tahoe responded to the west side of Lake Tahoe and attempted to stop the vehicle.
The driver, who CHP identified as a parolee at large, did not stop.
A spike strip successfully deflated the vehicle’s tires, but the driver continued southbound on SR 89. Eventually law enforcement successfully used a tactic that caused the Jeep to spin to its side and come to a stop near the intersection of SR 89 and Eighth Street, CHP reported.
The man refused to exit the vehicle despite commands from officers. Eventually CHP officers broke the right front window of the vehicle, unlocked the door and took the man into custody.
According to jail records, the man was being held at the South Lake Tahoe jail on charges of vehicle theft, evading a peace officer and obstructing a public officer. Total bail was $120,000, according to jail records.