Police cruiser crashes during high-speed chase
July 31, 2014
Atascadero police arrested a Creston man who led officers on a high-speed chase Monday that ended with a wrecked police cruiser.
On Monday at about 2:50 a.m., two Atascadero police officers attempted to pull over a car for vehicle code violations. However, the driver elected to flee and led the officers on a high speed pursuit on Highway 41 east out of Atascadero.
After turning onto a dirt road in a rural area near Highway 58, the police cruiser slid across the road, went into a ravine, hit against a hillside and the airbags deployed. The officers were not injured.
Nevertheless, the officers were unable to apprehend the suspect.
Atascadero police investigators served several search warrants and the seized the vehicle involved in the pursuit. Police then determined the driver of the car was Joshua James Kelly, a 34-year-old resident of Creston.
Early Thursday morning, Atascadero police arrested Kelly at his residence and then booked him into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of evading a peace officer and reckless driving.