Vehicle pursuit in North San Juan; man escapes |

Vehicle pursuit in North San Juan; man escapes


Authorities in North San Juan got into a vehicle pursuit Thursday morning after a vehicle failed to yield to sheriff’s deputies.

The pursuit began around 10:30 a.m. near Sweetland Road and lasted just three minutes before the driver abandoned the car, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

The vehicle, a 2010 Nissan pickup truck, was occupied by a man and a woman, neither of whom have been publicly identified by authorities.

The man was described by deputies as a white male under the age of 30, wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, and a hat, according to a description.

The woman exited the vehicle soon after the pursuit began and fled the scene on foot, and the man driving the car also got out and ran just a few minutes after the pursuit had started.

Deputies immediately launched a perimeter search of the area around the abandoned vehicle, using both a canine and an air unit during the search, according to sheriff’s Lt. Sean Scales.

The woman was located by deputies, but was not arrested and is not suspected of wrongdoing, Scales said. The man has not been apprehended.

The car reached speeds around 80 miles per hour during the pursuit, but no injuries or damages have been reported, Scales said.

It is not known why the subjects fled, and there is no known danger to the public from either individual at this time, he added.

Stephen Wyer is a staff writer with The Union. He can be reached at

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