A Sonora man was arrested Monday night in the Big Hill area after allegedly trying to drive his pickup truck away from a pursuing Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputy by going up Four Wheel Drive, a steep track in the area of Gunsight Road and Quail Mine Road.

The man tried and failed on his first attempt to go up Four Wheel Drive, then allegedly reversed his pickup, accelerated backwards, and struck the deputy’s vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said. He tried to go up Four Wheel Drive again, failed again, got ordered out of his truck, and was taken into custody.

Earlier, the man was allegedly driving his truck recklessly in the Big Hill area east of Columbia before a deputy spotted the truck just after 8 p.m. Monday and tried to get him to stop. The Sheriff’s Office said the man kept going, and the deputy chased him through the Gunsight Road and Quail Mine Road area.

The chase ended when Carlile unsuccessfully tried going up Four Wheel Drive.

A check of the suspect’s identification revealed he had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for his arrest and his driver’s license was suspended. 

Matthew Carlile, 39, was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony evasion, assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer, driving with a suspended license, and for the misdemeanor warrant.

Carlile remained in custody Tuesday with his bail was $50,000, Sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Nikiforuk said.

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.net or 770-0405. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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