Driver eludes police after lengthy pursuit |

Driver eludes police after lengthy pursuit

The driver of a Honda eluded law enforcement after a pursuit that lasted at least 20 minutes and reached speeds of 100 mph before Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies discontinued the chase due to safety concerns early Friday morning.

Deputies were dispatched to Owl Creek and Jones Bar roads at about 4:30 a.m. after a caller reported a suspicious vehicle parked near mailboxes. The black Honda Accord had been in the area the day before, said Sheriff Keith Royal.

The deputy attempted to contact the driver, who took off, Royal said, adding, “the pursuit was on.”

The chase was “very lengthy,” Royal said, estimating it lasted between 20 and 25 minutes at speeds approaching 100 mph. A spike strip was set up at Rough and Ready Highway and Highway 20, to no avail; the CHP helicopter was not available, according to dispatch reports.

“They covered quite a bit of the county,” Royal said. “It was getting dangerous.”

Due to the unsafe conditions, the deputies terminated the pursuit, he added.

Deputies continued to check the area and did locate the unoccupied vehicle near Byers Lane. The Honda was impounded; Royal said it was not believed that the registered owner was the driver, and the investigation is ongoing.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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