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Vehicle pursuit ends in crash, arrest

A Grass Valley man reportedly led two deputies on a high-speed chase before losing control of his vehicle and crashing into a telephone pole Monday night.

A Nevada County Sheriff's deputy was patrolling Rough and Ready Highway at about 10:15 p.m. when he heard a vehicle approaching at high speed, said Undersheriff Joe Salivar.

The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop due to vehicle code violations and erratic driving, but the vehicle took off, Salivar said.

As the chase proceeded westbound on Rough and Ready Highway, the two vehicles "blazed past" a second deputy, who joined the pursuit.

The driver of the vehicle reportedly began to lose control and hit a telephone pole near West Road, shearing it off. He then reportedly jumped out and fled.

"There was a short foot pursuit, and they lost him," Salivar said. "They then found him hiding in the bushes at a mobile home park."

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The driver, identified as Joseph Jerome Woodruff, 29, reportedly was found with prescription medications that were not in his name, as well as methamphetamine.

The vehicle reportedly had the wrong license plates, Salivar said.

He was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, transporting a controlled substance, evading a peace officer, resisting arrest, driving on a suspended license and displaying the wrong license plate, Salivar said.

A helicopter was dispatched, but Woodruff reportedly declined transport to Roseville.

He was subsequently taken to Sierra Nevada Medical Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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