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Land and water pursuit ends in arrest of suspected reckless driver

A Vacaville man is in custody after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase from Butte County to San Joaquin County, then jumping into the water near Discovery Bay.

The man, identified as 46-year-old Gregory Alan Holloway, was arrested by California Highway Patrol officers from the Stockton area Wednesday afternoon.

The incident began about 12:24 p.m., when Butte County sheriff’s deputies located a gray Dodge Magnum that had been the subject of a reckless driving report in the Oroville area, according to a Stockton CHP Facebook post. Deputies tried to get the vehicle to pull over, but the driver failed to stop.

The CHP, including CHP air units, were notified, and they pursued the Dodge southbound on Interstate 5 through the Sacramento area toward Lodi.

Stockton-area CHP officers took over the pursuit in the area of I-5 and Highway 12. The Dodge continued traveling at high speeds, recklessly maneuvering though traffic, the CHP reported. At least three attempts to disable the Dodge with spike strips were unsuccessful.

The Dodge exited at Charter Way and headed west on Highway 4. At that point, the CHP halted its ground pursuit because of safety concerns, but a CHP airplane continued to follow the Dodge and update officers.

The CHP was able to coordinate the closure of the Old River Bridge near Discovery Bay. When the Dodge was unable to continue across the bridge, the driver got out of the vehicle and jumped into the water in an effort to evade officers, the CHP reported.

The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene with a boat. The suspect continued to try to avoid arrest, swimming under the boat and taunting officers, according to the CHP. After about an hour, Holloway was taken into custody through efforts of the CHP, Stockton Fire Department and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.

After he was medically cleared, Holloway was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of felony evading and resisting arrest.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy