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Man arrested following high speed chase

An officer from the Portola office of the California Highway Patrol aided in the pursuit and arrest of a driver during a high speed pursuit on Highway 395.

According to a report released by the Susanville office of the CHP, Jovan Joseph Minor, 28, of Stockton was driving southbound at a high rate of speed on US-395 in Janesville at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. A CHP officer witnessed the incident and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver failed to yield and a pursuit ensued.

The vehicle increased its speed to to approximately 120 mph and continued southbound on 395. That’s when the Portola officer deployed a spike strip near Red Rock Road. The driver continued at high speeds into Nevada and eventually yielded as he neared Peavine Summit, and CHP officers took him into custody. Washoe County Sheriff and Nevada Highway Patrol personnel also arrived on the scene. The driver, Minor, was booked into the Washoe County jail on additional charges. The CHP will file fleeing charges with the Lassen County District Attorney.

According to the CHP, the pursuit covered 58 miles in approximately 29 minutes. There were no injuries to law enforcement personnel or the suspect, and no damage to any vehicles. However, a passing motorist sustained flat tires when their vehicle struck the spike strip.

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