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Spike strips used to halt DUI suspect in Auburn-area pursuit

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 - 7:59 pm

A man who reportedly appeared to be intoxicated while fueling his car in Auburn was arrested early Thursday after leading law enforcement officers in a 7-mile vehicle pursuit.

An Auburn police officer responded about 12:55 a.m. to a report of an intoxicated driver fueling his car at a gas station in the 300 block of Elm Avenue. The driver, later identified as 46-year-old Shawn Chowantez, refused to comply with the officer’s commands to get out of the vehicle, according to a Police Department news release.

Chowantez instead led law enforcement officers on an approximately 7-mile vehicle pursuit. The chase ended on westbound Interstate 80 near Russell Road after Placer County sheriff’s deputies deployed a spike strip, which flattened some of the vehicle’s tires. Police said officers had to forcibly remove Chowantez from the vehicle after he refused orders to get out of the car.

Chowantez was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, evading a peace officer, resisting and/or obstructing a peace officer, and threatening a peace officer.

He was booked into Placer County Jail with bail set at $150,000.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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