The suspected driver of a stolen pickup truck was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after traveling the wrong way on Highway 50 in El Dorado County in an apparent effort to evade law enforcement officers.
The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office and California Highway Patrol received a report about 11:20 a.m. that a stolen silver 2017 Chevrolet pickup had been seen heading west on Highway 50 from Myers in the South Lake Tahoe area, according to a Sheriff's Office Facebook Post.
About 12:10 p.m., the CHP spotted the pickup, with three people inside, in the area of Bridal Veil Falls. The pursuit began near Ice House Road, according to a CHP Facebook post, and continued westbound. When the pickup reached Sly Park Road, the driver intentionally drove the wrong way on Highway 50, according to the CHP, and the officers involved ended their pursuit.
The pickup exited the highway at Ridgeway Drive, striking a CHP vehicle, and finally stopped after another collision, at Ridgeway and Pony Express Trail, according to the Sheriff's Office.
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The three people in the pickup fled and were able to elude deputies and CHP officers for about an hour.
The suspected driver was located by Deputy Jeff Tucker and his K-9 partner Carly, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The CHP reported that all three occupants of the truck were caught near Sly Park Road. Their names have not been released.
The CHP asks anyone who saw the pickup traveling the wrong direction on Highway 50, or any of the collisions, to call Officer Ron Ellison at 530-622-1110.