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Spike strip stops driver after multi-county pursuit

2:34 PM, Dec 31, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - A wild police chase spanned two counties before ending in an arrest and a slew of charges for the driver Saturday night.

California Highway Patrol officers say they attempted to pull over David Muhammad Hunter, 52, of Lodi, at around 11:40 p.m. for suspicion of drunk driving on Highway 99 near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Hunter failed to stop and led officers on a high-speed chase along eastbound Capital City Freeway and Interstate 80& for 33 miles, according to the CHP.

Officers tried to stop Hunter by deploying spike strips near El Camino Avenue, but he drove around them. The pursuit came to an end near Newcastle after CHP officers put down a second set of spike strips which incapacitated Turner's vehicle.

Nobody was injured in the chase, but a woman's car was damaged when she accidentally drove over the spike strips.

"I saw the strips that puncture your tires right in front of me," said Shemaiah Barton. "I went over those and pulled directly off on the side of road. As soon as I got off the road, the high speed chase zoomed right past me."

Hunter was arrested on multiple charges, including felony evading, resisting arrest, and assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly swerving his van toward patrol cars.

The CHP said items found inside the van indicated Hunter was up to some sort of criminal activity, but they did not elaborate on what type of activity they suspected.

Hunter denied News10's request for an interview.

 

 

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