Staff with the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office are requesting help from the public to find a man they identify as Sean Foster, 29, of Jamestown, who they say evaded Tuolumne County sheriff’s deputies, Sonora police, and California Highway Patrol officers in a high-speed chase Saturday night that went through downtown Sonora.
The chase began just after 10 p.m. Saturday in the area of Cherokee Road and Tuolumne Road, just west of Summerville High School, and came through downtown Sonora, law enforcement and multiple witnesses downtown Saturday night said. The chase covered more than 20 miles and reached speeds faster than 100 miles per hour before it ended somewhere on Chicken Ranch Road, where the driver ditched the vehicle, ran, and successfully hid from law enforcement.
Sheriff’s staff said the chase started because a deputy saw a vehicle with an obstructed license plate make an unsafe turn near Cherokee and Tuolumne. The deputy tried to get the driver of the vehicle to stop and the driver kept going.
Three law enforcement agencies -- Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, the Sonora Police Department, and the CHP -- had sworn officers in marked vehicles chasing Foster through downtown Sonora, on Green Street and on Washington Street, witnesses said Saturday night.
Witnesses on South Green said they saw six or seven law enforcement vehicles racing up Green Street past the police headquarters and up the hill toward county administration buildings and the courthouse. Witnesses on Washington Street said they saw as many as a dozen law enforcement vehicles going up Washington toward the Red Church.
Asked for details Tuesday, a Tuolumne County sheriff’s public information officer said, “Sonora CHP took over the pursuit and subsequent investigation.”
This is part of what sheriff’s staff said in a social media post shared about 6:30 p.m. Monday: “Deputies are asking for your help in locating Sean. He has an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest and should not be approached.”
The same Sean Foster, of Jamestown, allegedly led a CHP officer on a chase in February 2017 in Jamestown. Foster was apprehended in that incident and arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license; reckless evading; resisting, obstructing and delaying arrest; and being a felon possessing ammunition.
Anyone who sees Foster is urged to call Tuolumne County sheriff’s dispatch at (209) 533-5815.
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