Man who eluded cops on high-risk status
A 26-year-old Gardnerville man wanted by Alpine County authorities for an alleged parole violation was being held in El Dorado County Jail on high-risk status Monday, a day after escaping from a patrol car on the way to the hospital, authorities said.
Aaron Agosta was being held at no bail on suspicion of parole violation, escape from custody and bringing a file into jail, said El Dorado County sheriff’s Lt. Randy Peshon.
Agosta was wanted by Alpine County authorities early Sunday on a parole violation of assault with a deadly weapon, said South Lake Tahoe police Lt. Martin Hewlett. Agosta, Hewlett said, evaded arrest.
“What we have so far is earlier in the day Alpine County (authorities) engaged the subject on three foot chases,” Hewlett said.
Officials from the Alpine County Sheriff’s Department could not be reached for comment.
As for every inmate entering the jail, Agosta underwent a physical test by a nurse to deem if he was fit for incarceration, Hewlett said. The nurse determined Agosta was dehydrated and ordered he go to Barton Memorial Hospital for treatment.
On the way to the hospital, Hewlett said a shackled Agosta made an escape from the Alpine County Sheriff’s Department patrol vehicle near Winnemucca and Elm avenues.
A perimeter was established by multiple law enforcement agencies.
A helicopter from the California Highway Patrol assisted in the search.
A resident of the 2200 block of Silver Tip Avenue called to report that a side door to the garage that had been open was closed.
Authorities surrounded the garage and a canine officer with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department stormed the garage after officers repeatedly warned Agosta about the incoming dog named Duke, Hewlett said.
Agosta was underneath a table in the garage with the bottom portion of the table barricaded, police said.
“The only thing that was exposed was the top of his head and guess what happened? He got bit on the top of his head,” Hewlett said.