Wild, high-speed chase ends in Linda Walmart
A Gridley man was jailed early Wednesday following a high-speed chase of more than 110 mph that included three law enforcement agencies and wound through neighborhoods in Marysville, Linda and Olivehurst, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Troy J. Matlock was arrested at Walmart in Linda around 1:30 a.m. on North Beale Road after ditching his gray 2003 Ford Mustang and running inside the store, authorities said.
The chase started an hour earlier outside Gary's Place Bar & Grill in Marysville when police received a report of a reckless, possibly drunken driver at 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 at 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.
CHP spokeswoman Jodie Beck said the Highway Patrol assumed control of the pursuit a short time later, joined by a CHP helicopter that tracked the vehicle to the parking lot on North Beale Road.
Matlock, 26, was arrested in the Walmart store following a short foot pursuit. Police later determined he had not been drinking, authorities said.
Officers found more than 2 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle's trunk, Beck said.
Matlock was booked into the Yuba County Jail on suspicion of evading police, marijuana possession and driving on a suspended license. Bail was set at $50,000. He was no longer in custody Wednesday night.
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