January 7, 2013

Suspect fleeing police crashes on Highway 140

One man's in custody after a pursuit with Merced police Monday morning.

Officers spotted the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Dylan Thompson, speeding in a 1994 Ford Contour around 8:50 a.m. in the area of Santa Fe and Glen avenues, according to Sgt. Bobby Chapman.

The driver refused to pull over for officers and the pursuit began. The chase eventually continued on Highway 140 toward Planada. The pursuit reached speeds up to 100 mph, and Chapman said officers had called off the pursuit because of the excessive speeds.

Thompson was taken into custody, however, after he crashed into another vehicle on Highway 140. Police said Thompson was driving on the highway's dirt shoulder, trying to drive around other cars on the highway. While doing so, his car fishtailed and crashed into a 1992 Toyota Previa, just east of Arboleda Drive.

The driver of the Previa then lost control and struck a parked red Toyota pickup. A driver was seated in the pickup with a passenger. Only minor injuries were reported as a result of the crashes.

Police also found Thompson in possession of methamphetamine. Chapman said tests will be done to determine whether Thompson was driving under the influence.

Under questioning, Thompson told police he'd fled because of an outstanding felony arrest warrant for a probation violation.

Thompson was arrested at the scene, and taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. After he's released, he's expected to be charged with felony evading law enforcement, possession of drug paraphernalia and various vehicle code violations.

City Editor Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsun-star.com.

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