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Suspect, passenger injured in Placer County vehicle pursuit

Two people were injured after a disturbance in Colfax led to a pursuit on Interstate 80 that ended when the suspect’s vehicle crashed into trees.

Placer County sheriff’s deputies were called about 3:30 p.m. Thursday to a Colfax residence, where it was reported that a man had been causing a disturbance. The man left the home in his car with a female passenger before deputies arrived.

The person who reported the disturbance told deputies that the man was Jason Singer, 40. Deputies determined that Singer was a wanted parolee-at-large, and was listed as armed and dangerous, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

A deputy saw Singer’s vehicle enter westbound Interstate 80 and Singer pulled over. But before the deputy could make contact with him, Singer drove off. Deputies reported that Singer drove erratically, passing cars on the inside shoulder and traveling at more than 110 mph.

About a mile into the pursuit, Singer’s car crashed into trees as he attempted to take the West Paoli Road off-ramp. A tree fell onto a power line, causing a dangerous situation as the power line was suspended over the car, sheriff’s officials said. The car was leaking gas, and Singer and his passenger were trapped inside, 40 feet down an embankment.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. employees deactivated the power line, rendering the area safe so rescuers could enter.

The woman was able to climb out of the car, but Singer had to be extricated by fire personnel. Both were airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where the woman was treated and released. Singer remains hospitalized with injuries that are not life-threatening, according to sheriff’s officials.

The woman told deputies that Singer struck her in the head with his fists before the pursuit and took her against her will.

Once released from the hospital, Singer will be booked at the Placer County Jail on suspicion of felonies, including domestic violence, kidnapping, false imprisonment, evading law enforcement which resulted in injury, and violation of parole, sheriff’s officials said.