A pursuit on Highway 99 in Turlock led to a two-vehicle collision and the arrest of a suspected drunk driver.
Around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday the California Highway Patrol received a report of a suspected drunk driver in a Chrysler PT Cruiser on southbound Highway 99, near West Main Street in Turlock.
CHP officers responded to the area and located the vehicle. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver of the Chrysler pulled over to the side of the highway. But before the officer was able to approach the driver sped off, said CHP spokesman Officer Tom Olsen.
The CHP gave chase and at times the pursuit exceeded speeds of 100 miles per hour in the light traffic.
The driver of the Chrysler did not notice a slower moving 2018 Ram 5500 towing a Bigtex semi-trailer and collided into the back of it, Olsen said.
CHP officers attempted to render aid to the driver of the Chrysler, identified as Alberto Robledo, 40, of Sacramento, but the damage to the vehicle was so extensive they could not reach him. He was extricated by emergency responders.
Robledo was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained major injuries in the collision. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. He was later arrested for felony driving under the influence, felony evading and driving without a valid driver’s license.
The driver of the Ram, Erik McDaniel, 30, of Bakersfield sustained minor injuries but was not transported to a hospital.