A wild 100 mph chase on Highway 99 ended Friday morning when a Sacramento man crashed, was ejected from the stolen vehicle and then hospitalized with major injuries, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Joaquin Martinez, 18, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, methamphetamine possession and evading a peace officer, the CHP said in a news release.
CHP officers first tried to stop a 2005 Mazda about 4:45 a.m. Friday as it traveled north near Winton Parkway. The driver, later identified by the CHP as Martinez, fled at speeds up to 100 mph.
The CHP said Martinez passed numerous vehicles using the right shoulder and center divide of Highway 99 before exiting the highway at West Main Street in Turlock.
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He then got back onto the highway, continuing north at high speeds, the CHP said, and he left the highway again at Fulkerth Road, approaching speeds of 100 mph. At that point, the CHP said, Martinez lost control of the vehicle on the offramp and the Mazda rolled, “fully ejecting Mr. Martinez from the vehicle.”
Officers found Martinez sitting on the ground next to the wrecked Mazda, which had been reported stolen, and arrested him, according to the CHP.
He was treated at the scene before paramedics took him to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto with unspecified major injuries, authorities said. An update on his condition was not available late Friday.
The CHP said it did not appear that drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.