Arroyo Grande man arrested after high speed chase
December 13, 2010
An Arroyo Grande man was arrested after a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputy attempted a pull him over for a minor traffic violation and having expired tags on Sunday at 12:22 a.m.
Ronald Thomas Harvey, 47, failed to stop when officers turned on their sirens and lights. Instead, Harvey headed towards San Luis Obispo on Highway 227.
San Luis Obispo Police officers placed a spike strip on the highway near the airport in an attempt to stop the fleeing driver. With one of his trucks tires leaking air, Harvey accelerated to speeds of over 90 mph.
Harvey led police down South Street and onto Brooke Street, a dead end street where Harvey finally stopped his truck.
When Harvey refused to leave his vehicle, a San Luis Obispo Police officer shot pepper spray into the vehicle through an open window. Harvey stepped out of his truck without further incident, police said.
Harvey was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of felony failure to yield with bail was set at $25,000.