A wild ride: 2 arrested after high-speed chase
A convertible stolen from Nevada County was taken on a ride to Foresthill that included a police chase through Auburn and speeds reaching to 130 mph, police said.
Two men were arrested by Placer County sheriff’s deputies early Sunday morning after they crashed the convertible.
The vehicle had been stolen from a residence in the 13000 block of Lime Kiln Road off Highway 49, Placer County sheriff’s spokeswoman Dena Erwin said.
“The owners were unaware it had been stolen,” Erwin said.
Evan Myles Bogovich, 19, of Folsom, allegedly was behind the wheel of a stolen Nissan 250SX when it passed a deputy at a high rate of speed on Highway 49 near Luther Road in Auburn at 4:20 a.m.
The deputy began pursuing the car, which headed west on Interstate 80. Bogovich exited the freeway at Highway 193, then got back onto I-80 eastbound. The vehicle traveled at speeds of 120 to 130 mph throughout the pursuit, Erwin said.
Deputies followed the convertible as it drove through Auburn and eventually exited onto Foresthill Road. The pursuit continued across the Foresthill Bridge – the highest in California – then down Old Foresthill Road to the area where the American River’s south and middle forks flow together.
When deputies got to the confluence area, they found the unoccupied Nissan crashed into a cement wall on the west side of the bridge crossing the American River’s north fork, Erwin said.
Below the bridge, deputies found Bogovich and passenger Kyle Joseph Wiley, 18, of North Highlands, hiding behind a pillar. Both were taken into custody and transported for medical clearance.
Neither man sustained injuries.
Bogovich had in his possession a shaved key that is commonly used for stealing cars, according to Erwin.
Bogovich was charged with reckless driving, evading a peace officer, vehicle theft, possession of burglary tools and obstruction; he remains in Placer County jail on $50,000 bail. He will be in court at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
Wiley was charged with obstructing an investigation and has been released from jail with a promise to appear.
To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 477-4229.
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