Modesto man arrested after high-speed pursuit in Tuolumne County

08/01/2014 7:54 AM

08/01/2014 2:41 PM

The California Highway Patrol on Thursday arrested a Modesto man at his home hours after he reportedly led officers on a high-speed chase in Tuolumne County.

Tracy McCarroll, 41, was booked at the Tuolumne County jail on suspicion of evading police, a felony. At the time of his arrest, he had an outstanding warrant, the CHP reported.

The chase began about 8:45 a.m. near Twain Harte. The CHP officer was parked on the north side of Highway 108 west of Twain Harte Drive, monitoring traffic.

The officer spotted a silver Porsche heading west on the highway and approaching his location. The officer also noticed the Porsche had a paper dealership license plate, which matched the description of a vehicle that had evaded Tuolumne County sheriff’s deputies Wednesday. There was a passenger in the front seat, the CHP said.

The officer drove up behind the Porsche. As the Porsche turned north onto Soulsbyville Road, the officer attempted a traffic stop. The Porsche then turned in to a nearby Chevron gas station before accelerating through the parking lot, according to the CHP.

The CHP said the Porsche nearly hit several people standing outside their vehicles in the parking lot before heading south on Soulsbyville Road at a high rate of speed.

The Porsche then turned east onto Highway 108, failing to stop for a red light. The Porsche accelerated to about 90 mph.

As the speeding car approached two vehicles traveling side by side, the Porsche moved to the left of the solid yellow line to pass the vehicle in the left lane. It turned onto Twain Harte Drive and then west onto Hunts Road, where the officer lost sight of it and ended pursuit.

The CHP said investigators later determined the identity of the registered owner of the vehicle and confirmed he was the driver of the Porsche.

Modesto CHP officers went to the owner’s home, where they spotted McCarroll pulling into the driveway and placed him under arrest.

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