Man arrested after chase, lockdown at Keys Marina |

Man arrested after chase, lockdown at Keys Marina

Jack Barnwell
Law enforcement respond to a suspect who led El Dorado County Sheriff's deputies and later South Lake Tahoe Police officers on a low speed chase from Meyers to the Tahoe Keys Marina on Saturday.
Photo courtesy of Casey Jovani |

A standoff between a suspected car thief and law enforcement ended late Saturday afternoon at the Tahoe Keys Marina with an arrest.

El Dorado County Sheriff Office (EDSO) deputies arrested the suspect, identified by South Lake Police Lt. David Stevenson as Cory Pearson, 35, of Sacramento after he attempted to flee from a vehicle.

Pearson led deputies on a chase from Meyers in a white sedan after being questioned at 12:30 p.m, according to EDSO Sgt. Paul Hadjes.

Hadjes said Pearson was wearing a bandanna over his face and refused to take it off when deputies questioned him while parked. A slow-speed chase ensued after a second unit was called in. At around the same time, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department (SLTPD) received a report of a stolen vehicle from Lakeland Village, which matched the suspect vehicle Pearson was driving, according to a press release.

About halfway through the pursuit, when Pearson turned onto Lake Tahoe Boulevard, SLTPD joined in. Hadjes said sheriff’s deputies eased off of Pearson because of traffic, at which point the suspect resumed at normal speeds.

Pearson ended up at the TK Marina, where El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies and SLTPD officers contained him at the very end of the marina.

Hadjes said Pearson crashed through a wall in order to attempt an escape. Once Pearson was in the Keys Marina, South Lake Tahoe police called in their MRAP vehicle along with SWAT and three negotiators.

Residents in nearby businesses were kept on lockdown while law enforcement attempted to negotiate with Pearson, according to SLTPD Sgt. Travis Cabral.

Cabral said Pearson was moving back and forth in the vehicle at different times and made what appeared to be threatening gestures in the car. The press release also stated that Pearson yelled to officers that he was armed with a gun and threatened to use it if anyone approached.

Cabral said Pearson backed into a corner to the right of the marina, where the MRAP cornered him.

“Once we contained him, we continued negotiation with him,” Cabral said. “He didn’t comply.”

“At one point when he was in the driveway, he made some movements that he was going to back up and ram us, so we positioned the MRAP in such a way that where he made contact with us he was pushed into a tree,” Cabral said.

A CHP helicopter was also used to assist with coordinating ground units and provided watch over of the scene, the press release stated.

Pearson allegedly attempted to run and turned toward officers, concealing his hands in his waistband. A less-than-lethal shotgun bean bag round was used, which struck Pearson and caused him to fall to the ground. Officers approached Pearson with a K-9 unit. Pearson reportedly continued to refuse officers commands, so the K-9 unit was deployed and Pearson was ultimately apprehended without further incident at 4:10 p.m.

A black replica, semi-automatic pistol was found in Pearson’s waistband, police stated, where he was concealing his hands. Pearson was transported to Barton Hospital for medical treatment as a result of the bean bag and K-9 deployment. He was later booked into the jail by deputies on charges of driving a stolen vehicle, felony evading, possession of an altered or imitation firearm, resisting an officer with violence or threats of violence, wearing a mask during the commission of a crime and driving with a suspended license.

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