Man arrested after pursuit down Pioneer Trail |

Man arrested after pursuit down Pioneer Trail

Adam Jensen

A 56-year-old El Dorado Hills man led law-enforcement officers on a high-speed chase down Pioneer Trail early Sunday morning, authorities said.

At about 4 a.m., a South Lake Tahoe police officer received a report of a silver Hyundai running a stop sign at the corner of Pioneer Trail and Glen Road.

The officer spotted a vehicle matching the description traveling west on Pioneer Trail near Larch Avenue.

As the officer tried to pull the vehicle over, the Hyundai sped off, according to police Lt. Marty Hale.

The officer pursued the Hyundai and called for support from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. Two deputies from the office joined the pursuit, which approached speeds of 70 mph, Hale said.

During the pursuit, the vehicle allegedly crossed the double yellow lines, drove on the shoulder of the road for approximately 200 yards and ran a red light at Pioneer Trail and Al Tahoe Boulevard.

Officers from the California Highway Patrol deployed spike strips near the corner of Busch Way and Pioneer Trail and successfully disabled the vehicle.

South Lake Tahoe police arrested the man, Trent Birt, on suspicion of driving under the influence and evading arrest.

— At 9:30 p.m. May 22, El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies were called to coordinate a search-and-rescue response at the Tallac Trail near Fallen Leaf Lake, according to a deputies’ report.

An ill-equipped female hiking alone had wandered off the trail and become disoriented, the report said.

The deputies, joined by El Dorado County Search and Rescue volunteers, contacted CALSTAR.

A helicopter crew was able to locate the woman, and search-and-rescue personnel on foot contacted her at about 10:40 p.m.

The unharmed woman was returned to her vehicle at about 11:12 p.m., according to the report.

— At about 1:30 p.m. May 20, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of a stolen vehicle at Harveys Resort Casino.

A 34-year-old man from Hartford, Conn., reported his rental car had been stolen after he left it with the casino’s valets.

The man still had his half of the valet ticket, but valet personnel could not locate the ticket, keys or the vehicle itself, indicates a deputy’s report.

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