Drivers flee on foot after two car chases |

Drivers flee on foot after two car chases

A pair of car chases – the first Monday night, the second Tuesday afternoon – ended with both drivers getting away on foot.

Monday’s chase started about 9:30 p.m. on Penn Valley Drive and ended at Bridgeport with the arrest of 23-year-old Erin B. Lawrence, an alleged passenger in a stolen 1989 Ford Mustang, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

The car was earlier seen speeding and without a front license plate, and the driver had pulled over for a deputy on westbound Highway 20 near Western Gateway Park, Lt. Tom Carrington said.

But the Mustang sped off after the deputy approached on foot, and a chase lasted until Pleasant Valley Drive, near Lake Wildwood, when the deputy slowed down to avoid dangerous speeds, Carrington said.

The Mustang, reported stolen in Sacramento on Jan. 18, came to a stop when it struck an embankment at Bridgeport, and the driver ran away. Syringes were found inside the car, and Lawrence, a Lake of the Pines resident, was arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Carrington.

On Tuesday at about 1:15 p.m., a California Highway Patrol officer pulled over a silver Dodge Daytona for speeding on Highway 49 and Old Downieville Highway northwest of Nevada City.

Again, as the officer approached on foot, the car sped off, and a pursuit began. The officer slowed along Old Downieville Highway for safety reasons, but later found the car abandoned on Drummond Street in Nevada City, CHP Sgt. Mike Lawrence said.

A CHP plane was called in to help with the search, but it arrived too late, according to Lawrence, who said the vehicle wasn’t stolen.

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