Pursuit leads to arrest

Staff Writer

The California Highway Patrol and Inyo County Sheriff's Department deployed spike strips Sunday afternoon to stop a vehicle thief who was attempting to outrun authorities on U.S. 395.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the Bishop Police Department received a report at about 2:48 p.m. Sunday regarding a vehicle stolen from the Bishop Union High School Parking. Shortly after 3 p.m., the Inyo County Sheriff's Department located the vehicle in Big Pine, traveling southbound on U.S. 395. As law enforcement attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver, a 17-year-old juvenile, fled.
Spike strips were deployed near the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery road. The driver, in an attempt to avoid the spike strips, swerved, losing control of the 2004 Toyota Corolla.
The vehicle collided with a stop sigh and a dirt embankment, overturning several times.
The driver suffered minor injuries from the collision, and was transported to Southern Inyo Hospital in Lone Pine.
After being cleared by the hospital, the driver was arrested for felony auto theft, felony eluding arrest and driving without a valid driver's license.