Spikes bring car chase to a halt | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Spikes bring car chase to a halt

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A 22-year-old Stockton man was arrested after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase across the state line, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Jessie Duenas rolled his 1994 Chrysler four-door on Highway 88 near Blue Lakes Road. The accident, around 6 a.m. Tuesday, occurred when Duenas couldn’t negotiate a turn. A California Highway Patrol officer arrived at the scene, found Duenas’ two teen-age passengers but not Duenas, officer Sherry Reehl said.

Law enforcement searched the area and received a stolen vehicle call at 6:30 a.m. Duenas allegedly stole a 1983 Toyota pickup truck that was parked in front of a cabin, officers reported.

The truck was seen in Woodfords canyon by a tow truck heading to the accident scene, Reehl said. Highway patrol officers chased Duenas eastbound on Highway 88 where Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies joined the chase.

The two front tires of the truck were blown after deputies laid a spike strip near Douglas High School.

Duenas was arrested and placed into Douglas County Jail in Minden at $15,000 bond.

“He just wasn’t going to stop and that’s why the spike strip was thrown down,” Reehl said. “It doesn’t fail.”

Medical treatment was given to Duenas for a deep laceration to the top of his skull caused by the first crash, Reehl said. The two passengers received treatment for facial cuts.

Duenas had felony drunk driving, possession of a stolen vehicle and evading arrest complaints filed against him in California. He was charged with evading arrest and possession of a stolen vehicle. He told officers he was on probation for a driving under the influence.

“It wasn’t a super high-speed pursuit,” Reehl said. “He didn’t want to go to jail today.”

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