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A man led a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputy on a high-speed chase Tuesday night through the township of Tuolumne and successfully evaded capture after ditching his vehicle and fleeing on foot, a Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said.

The chase began about 9 p.m. Tuesday when a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle near Carter Street in Tuolumne for various violations of traffic laws, including expired registration, Sheriff’s Deputy Ashley Boujikian said Wednesday morning.

Boujikian said the vehicle did not stop for the deputy and sped away.

The deputy pursued the vehicle through the Tuolumne area, during which the suspect reached speeds of up to 65 mph in residential areas, crossed over double yellow lines, ran stop signs, collided with a parked vehicle and drove in the oncoming traffic lane, Boujikian said.

No shots were fired by either suspect or deputy during the incident, according to Boujikian.

The fleeing driver then stopped and got out of his vehicle, which was later towed, in the area of Elm Street and fled on foot. Deputies searched the area and did not catch the suspect, but were able to determine his identity.

The suspect’s identity was not released by the Sheriff’s Office, nor was a description of his vehicle.

Contact Alex MacLean at amaclean@uniondemocrat.com or (209) 588-4541.

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