A Sonora man led a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputy on a 4-mile chase through Tuolumne Wednesday night and was arrested on suspicion of almost hitting the deputy with a vehicle as well as possession of drugs and a concealed weapon.
About 9:25 p.m., a deputy tried to pull over a 1995 Buick sedan with expired registration near the intersection of Pine Street and Chestnut Avenue, but the driver refused to stop.
Over next several minutes, the deputy pursued the driver from Cedar Street to the intersection of Woolworth and Carter streets and through the interior of town back to Pine Street and Chestnut Avenue. The chase then lead to a main entrance into town on Cherry Valley Boulevard North and Tuolumne Road, then south on Main Street to the intersection of Yosemite Road and Maple Avenue.
During the pursuit, the driver stopped because his car was obstructed by a parked car, Sgt. Andrea Benson said.
The deputy left his vehicle, approached the front of the car and ordered the man to put his hands outside of the car window. The driver then cursed at the deputy and accelerated toward him, forcing him to jump out of the way to avoid being hit by the vehicle.
When the pursuit ended in a private driveway on Yosemite Road, the occupant of the car ran on foot from the scene. His vehicle had been stopped quickly, which caused it to roll backward into the front of the patrol car, Benson said.
The man was apprehended not far from where he abandoned his car, along a fence on the 18200 block of Yosemite Road.
The driver failed to stop at four stop signs over the course of the pursuit, Benson said.
After being detained, the man was searched and found to be in possession of 1.05 grams of methamphetamine and a methamphetamine smoking pipe.
Ammunition and plastic knuckles were found in the car, Benson said.
Floyd Lee Crow Jr., 37, of American River Drive, Sonora, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on law enforcement, evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for safety, being in possession of ammunition while prohibited, possession of a concealed weapon and misdemeanor charges possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia.
Crow had multiple warrants for failure to appear on other charges.
On Oct. 25, 2017, Crow was arrested on Elm Street in Sonora for possession of tear gas while a felon, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.