A Modesto man fled from law enforcement in a two-door sports car for more than 20 miles through Tuolumne County on Friday morning, at times accelerating to speeds of over 100 miles per hour.
California Highway Patrol - Sonora Area Officer Steve Machado said the driver was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol during the pursuit.
Machado said a report was issued about a white 2011 Chevrolet Camaro driving recklessly on Highway 108 near Yosemite Junction at about 2:30 a.m.
Ten minutes later, the vehicle was spotted near Fifth Avenue in Jamestown, speeding eastbound on Highway 108.
The driver sped up to high speeds when CHP officers attempted to pull him over. Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office deputies joined the chase and the driver crossed the double yellow lines multiple times, a CHP press release said.
The pursuit continued to close to Long Barn Road in Long Barn. The driver decelerated to 40 miles per hour before he pulled to the right shoulder and stopped completely, Machado said.
Machado said the vehicle may have run out of gas.
Jose Miguel Lopez, 28, of Modesto, was booked on suspicion of felony evading, child endangerment, and misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.
Machado did not have information available on Lopez’s blood alcohol content at the time of the arrest.
Lopez bonded out of the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail.
His two 15-year-old nephews were unharmed inside the vehicle.