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April 7, 2013
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Man in jail after cross-county high-speed chase

A Sacramento man ended up in county jail after allegedly leading law enforcement on a chase across two counties at speeds exceeding 100 mph.

California Highway Patrol officers tried to stop a silver Lincoln just before 1 a.m. Sunday in Grass Valley near Brunswick Road, according to dispatch reports. The Lincoln was described as having no plates and was being driven at about 90 mph.

The vehicle failed to yield, however and allegedly picked up speed as it drove westbound on Highway 20. By the time it passed Ponderosa Way, the Lincoln was going about 120 mph, according to the dispatch log. It was subsequently reported as passing other vehicles over the double yellow line. A helicopter was dispatched, and a spike strip was requested.

The Lincoln was reported as crossing the Yuba County line within seven minutes, still driving at speeds between 70 and 120 mph. Officers in pursuit reported they were losing sight of the Lincoln around the curves and were far behind it at the Parks Bar bridge.

At 1:20 a.m., the Lincoln was reported to have rolled over in a field and crashed into a power pole on Ramirez Road northeast of Marysville. The occupants fled on foot.

According to a CHP dispatcher, two people were arrested.

Melvin Lewis Dillon, 40, was arrested on suspicion of felony reckless evasion of a peace officer, and resisting arrest. He was booked into county jail in lieu of $25,750 bail. The second person reportedly was cited and released on unknown charges.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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