A Grass Valley teenager was arrested early this morning following a pursuit that ended when the stolen vehicle he was driving crashed into a telephone pole, which then struck a sheriff’s patrol vehicle.
The incident began about 3:25 a.m. when a Nevada County sheriff’s deputy on patrol spotted a 2006 Nissan Altima sedan with numerous mechanical violations entering westbound Highway 20/49 from East Main Street in Grass Valley. The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver of the Nissan failed to yield, continuing onto Highway 20, then exiting at Mill Street, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.
The Nissan then sped southbound on Allison Ranch Road. The driver lost control of the Nissan near North Star Mine Road and crashed into a telephone pole, shearing the pole in half. The utility pole then swung downward across the roadway and struck the pursuing patrol vehicle, a 2012 Ford Expedition, head-on, causing major damage.
Grass Valley police officers responded to assist the CHP. The driver of the Nissan, a 17-year-old boy, got out of the vehicle and was taken into custody. During the investigation, CHP officers learned that the Nissan had been stolen earlier in the morning, but the theft had not yet been reported.
The CHP, which is handling the investigation, arrested the youth on suspicion of felony evading a peace officer, felony vehicle theft, felony possession of stolen property, misdemeanor DUI and driving without a license. He was taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for medical evaluation, then booked into the Nevada County Juvenile Hall.
The deputy involved in the pursuit was not injured.
The patrol vehicle and Nissan had to be towed from the scene. The CHP reported that Allison Ranch Road was blocked by emergency and utility crews for several hours while the investigation and cleanup were conducted.