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Fleeing motorist leads police on high-speed chase bails out of car in Brawley

November 07, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — A motorist fleeing police here struck another vehicle and drove at speeds over a 100 mph in an attempt to escape arrest.

The unidentified male driver fled onto county roads, eventually made his way to Brawley where he bailed out the sport-utility vehicle he was driving.

While the SUV was recovered at Shank and Best roads in Brawley, the driver had not been found as of this morning.

The pursuit started just after 1 a.m. when Holtville police Officer Ben Zavala stopped an SUV at Beale and Seventh streets because it was being driven with the headlights off.

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When Zavala left his patrol car to walk up to the vehicle, the driver sped away. As he did, the SUV struck another vehicle that was passing.

Zavala said he was unsure if anyone in the vehicle that was hit was injured. That vehicle did not stop.

Meanwhile, Zavala started to pursue the SUV. He said the driver led him throughout the city and onto county roads. Zavala said his patrol car reached speeds of 90 mph and the SUV was likely going over 100.

Zavala said as the pursuit moved toward Highway 115 he called in the California Highway Patrol to take over the chase. He said the Highway Patrol stayed with the vehicle until it reached the intersection of Shank and Best roads, the driver bailed out.

There was no word on whether anyone else was in the SUV.

Zavala added there was no information as to why the motorist was driving without the headlights illuminated.

Holtville police asked that the individual whose vehicle was struck by the SUV contact police at 356-2991 to provide some information.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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