CHP: Teen in hospital after chase

JAMESTOWN -- A 19-year-old Oakdale man was listed in serious condition Thursday after he led authorities on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle that crashed near Jamestown, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Ty Daniel Miranda was taken by air ambulance to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto where he remained Thursday.

Doctors told CHP spokesman Tom Wills that Miranda had not regained consciousness since the crash, which occurred about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 120, just west of O'Byrnes Ferry Road.

About 25 minutes earlier, a Tuolumne County sheriff's deputy spotted a silver Chevrolet Trail Blazer parked at Chip's Chevron Mini Mart at 18151 Highway 108 in Jamestown.

Wills said the Chevrolet matched the description of one that had been stolen in Oakdale. The deputy saw two people get into the vehicle and leave the gas station's parking lot; a pursuit ensued.

The passenger jumped from the moving vehicle as it traveled west through Chinese Camp, the CHP said. Wills said there was only the one deputy chasing the stolen vehicle, so the passenger evaded authorities and was not found.

The Chevrolet fled west on Highway 120 at speeds of 100 mph and higher. Miranda, the driver of the stolen vehicle, missed a curve in the highway, the CHP reported. The vehicle went off the road and onto the south shoulder where it hit a raised dirt embankment and began to overturn.

Miranda was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected, the CHP reported. Miranda was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto, Wills said.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at rahumada@modbee.com or 578-2394.