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Man leads police on 36-mile chase

 

A driver led authorities on a 36-mile pursuit that began near Smith River and ended in Crescent City on Sunday morning.

A white 1993 Geo Storm was in the wrong lane on Indian Road around 8:45 a.m. when a California Highway Patrol officer tried to pull it over, said Officer Ted Luna of the California Highway Patrol.

The driver refused to pull over, leading officers south on U.S. Highway 101 to Smith River, turning onto various streets, making a lap back up to Indian Road and back south on the highway until one of his vehicle’s tires hit a spike strip laid north of Washington Boulevard around 9:10 a.m., Luna said.

“It was outrageous,” said Luna. “It was uncalled for, as usual.”

The pursuit didn’t stop there, The driver exited onto Washington and headed west, running a stoplight at Northcrest Drive and turning onto Arlington. At that point he was riding on a rim, Luna said. The car continued onto Lake Street, then Beech Street, where it crashed into a fence and the driver bailed out, Luna said.

Christopher J. Swain, 26, Crescent City, was arrested on suspicion of evading a peace officer, possessing burglary tools, and possessing controlled substance paraphernalia, Luna said.

 

Two passengers were held at gunpoint after the driver fled, and they were both arrested on outstanding warrants, Luna said.

Stephanie Joy, 27, was arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license and Laurene Richards, 47, was arrested on suspicion of a parole violation, Luna said. Both are from Crescent City.

Authorities shut down part of Highway 101 briefly during the pursuit, which ranged in speed from 50 to 100 mph, Luna said.

The Sheriff’s Office assisted in the pursuit.

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