Man leads cops on pursuit through Monterey Co.

March 8, 2010 10:06:01 AM PST
A 26-year-old Soledad man was arrested early Monday morning following a high speed pursuit after a Monterey County sheriff's deputy tried to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle with false license plates.

Irijovik Ali Galarza was arrested after an incident that began at 1:47 a.m. when the deputy tried to make the traffic stop on a black four-door Nissan on southbound U.S. Highway 101 near North Main Street in Salinas, according to the sheriff's office.

Galarza failed to yield, and accelerated to more than 125 mph as it continued south on Highway 101 before exiting on Front Street in Soledad.

The pursuit continues for a few minutes before Galarza pulled onto the lawn at a home in the 1900 block of Palm Avenue where he resides, according to the sheriff's office.

Galarza surrendered after reaching his home, and told deputies that he led them on the pursuit because he was trying to get home to see his mother before he was arrested, according to the sheriff's office.

Investigators discovered Galarza had an outstanding traffic warrant for his arrest, and was driving on a suspended license. Burglary tools and a stolen registration tab were also found in the vehicle, according to the sheriff's office.

The pursuit lasted 18 minutes and covered 32 miles. No injuries were reported.


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