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High-speed chase ends in crash, arrest

Wyatt Yoder
Nevada County Sheriff Department |

A Grass Valley man being sought on several warrants reportedly got into a high-speed chase with several sheriff’s deputies that ended when he crashed the stolen vehicle he was driving.

Wyatt Allen Yoder, 28, had several warrants out for his arrest, including a local no-bail warrant and a warrant out of Placer County, said Nevada County Undersheriff Joe Salivar.

Yoder has been arrested most recently in June, when he reportedly fought with, fled from and got pepper-sprayed by a Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy. He was set to appear in that case Friday on charges of evading a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, giving false information to a police officer, and driving on a suspended license.

“We had been chasing him off and on for awhile,” Salivar said.

While on patrol, a little before midnight Thursday, two deputies on Rough and Ready Highway near Bitney Springs Road saw a Honda driving well over the posted speed limit, doing about 60 mph in a 35 mph zone, Salivar said.

A be-on-the-lookout advisory had been issued on the Honda, which was stolen, and the deputies reportedly had information that Yoder had been driving it.

They attempted a traffic stop but Yoder reportedly fled, driving at speeds up to 85 mph. According to Salivar, one of the tires had been replaced with the smaller spare tire, which Yoder later said contributed to his capture.

Near Bitney Springs and Douglas roads, Yoder reportedly lost control of the Honda and failed to negotiate a turn, going straight and grazing a telephone pole before hitting a tree “effectively head-on” and coming to a “severe and abrupt stop,” Salivar said.

Yoder was ordered out of the Honda at gunpoint and a search reportedly revealed a ziplock baggie with .65 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a capped syringe.

Six more used syringes reportedly were found in the car.

Yoder’s female passenger was not charged, Salivar said.

Yoder was booked into county jail on his outstanding warrants, as well as new charges of vehicle theft, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, reckless evasion of a peace officer and driving on a suspended license.

He was being held without bail and is set to be arraigned on Monday.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.

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