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Oakdale chase ends with 2 drivers injured

A high-speed pursuit of a wanted parolee through Oakdale ended near Riverbank on Thursday night in a crash that seriously injured an Oakdale woman and clogged traffic on Highway 108, police said.

The 68-year-old woman suffered major injuries and was taken by ambulance to a hospital where she was in intensive care Friday morning, according to Oakdale police.

The woman was upgraded to stable but serious condition Friday afternoon, said Larry Parshall, Oakdale's acting police chief.

Police did not release her name or the location of the hospital, to ensure her safety.

John Grivette, 29, of Oakdale was arrested on suspicion of felony evading a peace officer, transportation of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of an open container of alcohol, Parshall said.

He suffered a severely broken right leg and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Not the first high-speed pursuit this week

Police said Grivette was involved in a high-speed pursuit through downtown Oakdale on Wednesday with Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies. In that chase, sheriff's officials broke off the pursuit when traffic grew too heavy and it became too dangerous. Grivette escaped, police said.

On Thursday night about 7:45 p.m., Oakdale police officer Daniel Peters spotted Grivette driving a silver Pontiac Grand Am near South First Avenue and East G Street, police said.

Peters tried to stop the Pontiac but Grivette didn't pull over, police said. Grivette ran several stop signs as he fled west on G Street and continued west on F Street at speeds that reached up to 90 mph, according to police.

The chase ended on Highway 108 just west of Mesa Road near Riverbank when Grivette's vehicle collided with a Nissan Maxima driven by the 68-year-old woman, who was traveling east.

Police said a small amount of methamphetamine, marijuana and an open can of beer was found in Grivette's car.

Highway 108 was closed for about 90 minutes as authorities worked at the scene.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at 578-2394 or