Pursuit through Meyers ends with arrest
A driver who was seen passing cars over the double-yellow line on Highway 50 near Echo Summit led a sheriff’s deputy on a pursuit through Meyers before crashing into a snowbank and trying to flee, authorities said.
The deputy’s patrol dog bit the man on the shoulder, and he was taken into custody in the incident that began at about 6 p.m., said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Cook.
Kenneth Hunter, 29, of Fountain Valley, Calif., was booked on suspicion of DUI, evading officers, resisting and obstructing officers, and driving on a suspended license, Cook said.
A deputy was eastbound on Highway 50 in slow-moving traffic when he spotted a silver GMC pickup passing cars at a high speed and in an unsafe manner, Cook said. The deputy pulled over the driver and allegedly noticed an odor of alcohol coming from him.
When the deputy returned to his vehicle to communicate with dispatchers, the driver allegedly sped away. The deputy followed him in a pursuit that reached speeds of about 65 mph before slowing in the Meyers area, Cook said.
The driver turned onto Pioneer Trail and crashed near Elks Club Drive.