Wild car chase ends in man’s arrest
A wild high-speed car chase on Highway 49 and surface streets Monday night ended up with the driver in county jail on charges including felony evasion and drug sales, after 10 pounds of marijuana reportedly was discovered in his vehicle.
Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Stanley was driving northbound on Highway 49 near La Barr Meadows Road at about 11:30 p.m. when he spotted an oncoming vehicle driving with its high beams on, said Capt. Jeff Pettitt.
Stanley estimated the vehicle was driving about 80 mph at that point, Pettitt said.
Stanley turned around to catch up to the vehicle, which reportedly made an abrupt U-turn and began heading northbound on the highway. Stanley turned around again and continued to pursue the vehicle at speeds ranging from 45 mph to 90 mph, Pettitt said.
The driver subsequently got off Highway 49 and went up Banner Mountain on a number of surface streets, eventually ending up on Mayflower Drive; Pettitt estimated the chase lasted about 20 minutes.
The suspect, identified as Shawn Lee Andrews-McFarland, 43, was taken into custody without further incident.
Andrews-McFarland reportedly had three outstanding warrants, and a search of his vehicle uncovered 10 pounds of processed marijuana and a small amount of suspected methamphetamine. He also was driving on a suspended license, Pettitt said.
He was booked into county jail on suspicion of reckless evasion of a peace officer, possessing a controlled substance and possession for sale, driving on a suspended license, and three warrants. He was being held in lieu of $42,500 bail.
Andrews-McFarland’s local criminal history dates back to 1989, with multiple arrests for driving on a suspended license, drug sales and reckless evasion. He is set to be arraigned on his new charges today in Nevada County Superior Court.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
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