An 18-year-old Grass Valley man was arrested Thursday after reportedly stealing his father’s car, crashing it during a chase and then fleeing on foot.
Dylan Hart Walker’s father called Nevada City Police just before 11 a.m. to report his son took the Oldsmobile, despite not having a driver’s license, according to dispatch reports.
He was believed to be en route to the 13000 block of Dog Bar Road.
A Nevada County sheriff’s deputy was on patrol on Dog Bar Road at about 11:20 a.m. when he saw the Alero coming toward him, then crossing the double yellow lines right at his patrol vehicle, said Sheriff Keith Royal.
The deputy was able to maneuver out of the way and didn’t get hit, Royal said. He then turned around to pursue the fleeing vehicle, with witnesses on the road reportedly directing him.
He saw the suspect vehicle off the road, crashed into a tree, in about the 15000 block Dog Bar Road.
“The driver bailed, fleeing down a ravine into some heavy brush,” Royal said.
A lengthy pursuit ensued, with Walker eventually being located about a mile from the accident scene.
He was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, reckless evasion of a peace officer and being an unlicensed driver. He is set for arraignment in Nevada County Superior Court on Monday.
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