Yuba County sheriff's deputies were searching for a robbery suspect early Sunday who led them on short vehicle chase that ended in a three-car crash on Highway 70 in Olivehurst.
The incident happened at about 11:45 p.m. Saturday when a patrolling deputy spotted a man carrying a large item sprint out of a convenience store at Seventh and Olivehurst avenues and jump into a running vehicle in the parking lot, said Sgt. Josh Jellsey.
The deputy "immediately got behind the car," and it sped off, Jellsey said.
The female driver of the getaway vehicle tried to take the southbound Highway 70 exit, "was going too fast, lost control, came over the embankment in the middle of the southbound 70 lanes, just south of the Olivehurst Avenue overpass," Jellsey said.
The fleeing vehicle was hit by two other vehicles heading south on the highway.
"Fortunately, nobody in the other two vehicles appeared to be injured," Jellsey said.
Both suspects fled across Highway 70 into the northbound lanes. The driver, who apparently suffered minor injuries, was arrested, Jellsey said.
The man who fled from the convenience store escaped into the fields east of Lindhurst Avenue.
The crumpled getaway car remained in the middle of the southbound lanes for a few hours, blocking traffic.
Jellsey said K-9s were brought in to hunt for the man.
The robbery suspect made off with "numerous lottery tickets," Jellsey said. The dollar value wasn't available.