Chase in Nevada City ends in crash, arrest
UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect the dismissal of some charges against Matthew Wibberley, as outlined in prior arrests below.
A chase through Nevada City ended in a crash — and the arrest of the driver — Saturday night.
Nevada City Police Officer Tim Ewing was driving on Spring Street at about 10 p.m. when he saw a Subaru swerve into his lane, driving right at him, said Police Chief Tim Foley.
Ewing activated his lights and turned around, at which point the driver of the Subaru swerved back into the correct lane and “took off,” Foley said.
The driver of the Subaru reportedly drove down National Alley the wrong way and turned left onto Broad Street at a high rate of speed, almost losing control.
Nevada City Police Officer Shane Scimager and Sgt. Paul Rohde followed the driver as the Subaru ran the stop sign heading across the Highway 49 overpass, causing two pedestrians in the intersection to have to jump out of the way, Foley said.
The vehicle reportedly then turned onto Nevada Street at a high rate of speed, again almost losing control, before failing to make a turn at High Street and crashing into a stone wall.
The male driver got out and took off running, Foley said. A foot pursuit ensued until he was apprehended while trying to hide in the brush on the trail behind the Stonehouse.
The man, identified as Matthew Jeffrey Wibberley, 25, was arrested and booked into county jail on charges of driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, reckless evasion of a peace officer and resisting arrest. He was being held in lieu of $32,500 bail.
Wibberley pleaded guilty in 2009 to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, and was sentenced to 75 days in county jail and three years probation. He was charged with robbery and burglary in 2012 and pleaded no contest to burglary in return for 129 days in jail and three years probation.
UPDATE: A Nevada County judge on Nov. 27, 2017 reduced the robbery and burglary charges from felony to misdemeanor and also dismissed the charges from Wibberley’s record, according to Penal Code 1203.4, which allows offenders to petition the court to dismiss the charges after successful completion of probation. A judge on Sept. 13, 2017 also dismissed a misdemeanor charge of providing false information to a police officer against Wibberley.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
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