An Auburn man who reportedly was a wanted parolee led a Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy in a high-speed chase Tuesday morning through Penn Valley that ended after he crashed his truck.
The deputy was driving westbound on Rough and Ready Highway near Valley Drive just after midnight when he saw headlights go through a stop sign without slowing, said Sheriff Keith Royal.
The deputy began following the truck, which had no rear license plate and which was being driven at a high rate of speed, Royal said.
He then activated his lights, and the driver reportedly went through another stop sign before veering to the right side of the road and pulling over.
But after the deputy exited his patrol vehicle and approached the truck on the passenger side, the driver “took off,” Royal said.
A high-speed chase ensued with the driver “flying” through a red light onto Penn Valley Drive, then through a third stop sign onto Spenceville Road, Royal said.
During the chase, the driver reportedly continued to gain speed and was driving on the wrong side of the road.
According to Royal, the deputy was following at speeds approaching 70 mph and was not gaining on him. The deputy backed off as the two approached Indian Springs Road, knowing there was a turn that would be hard to negotiate, Royal said.
The truck reportedly went through the intersection and hit a fence post, causing the airbags to deploy.
The driver, identified as Zachary David Giguiere, 34, told the deputy he tried to flee because he knew there was a warrant for him.
He was transported to the hospital and was medically cleared before being booked into county jail on suspicion of felony reckless evasion of a peace officer and possessing drug paraphernalia.
He was being held in lieu of $26,000 bail.
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