SONORA -- An Oakdale woman was killed early this morning when the car she was riding in flipped over during a 7-mile chase with the California Highway Patrol that began on Highway 108, authorities say.
Both the driver and his passenger, Holly Corinne Hanson, 22, were ejected, according to the California Highway Patrol. Hanson died at the scene.
The driver, identified by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department as 23-year-old Ricky Joseph Chavez Jr., 23, of Oakdale, fled and was caught after a short foot chase, according to the CHP.
He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and causing great bodily injury or death, hit-and-run resulting in death, evading a peace officer causing serious injury, gross vehicular manslaughter, and obstructing or resisting a peace officer, said sheriff's Lt. Dan Bressler.
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The CHP said the chase started about 1:40 a.m. when Sonora area CHP officers tried to pull over the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier for speeding at about 80 mph in a 55 mph zone.
The car was heading north on Highway 108-Highway 49 at the Montezuma Road junction, and didn’t pull over when an officer tried to initiate a stop, said officer Mike Buller. Instead, he said, the Cavalier continued past Jamestown and into Sonora.
The car turned north onto S. Washington Street and then made a loop back onto Highway 49 toward Highway 108. As the car approached the intersection, the driver lost control and overturned several times, according to the CHP.