UPDATED: Wild vehicle chase ends inside Linda Walmart
A Gridley man was jailed early Wednesday following a high-speed chase through Yuba County, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Troy J. Matlock was arrested at Walmart in Linda around 1:30 am. on North Beale Road after ditching his gray 2003 Ford Mustang and running inside the store, authorities said.
The chase, which started an hour earlier outside Gary’s Place Bar & Grill in Marysville, reached speeds of more than 110 mph, included three law enforcement agencies and wound through residential neighborhoods in Marysville, Linda and Olivehurst.
Marysville police received a report of a reckless, possibly drunken, driver at the intersection of Ninth and B streets. Officers spotted the Mustang around 12th Street, but the driver did not stop when police tried to pull him over.
“It reached excessive speeds and our guys backed off as the vehicle approached the county’s jurisdiction on Simpson (Lane),” Marysville police Sgt. Chris Sachs said.
Yuba County sheriff’s deputies picked up the chase around 12:47 a.m. after Marysville pulled out, according to scanner traffic.
During the chase, the driver shut off his headlights and continued to flee at high speeds, the CHP said.
A CHP helicopter joined the chase and tracked the vehicle to the parking lot on North Beale Road.
Matlock, 26, was arrested a short time later without further incident, the CHP said.
Officers reportedly found marijuana in the vehicle’s trunk.
Matlock was booked into the Yuba County Jail on $50,000 bail for suspicion of evading police and marijuana possession. He was still in custody Wednesday afternoon.
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