Locals arrested after 40-mile chase ends in Yosemite
Two locals were chased by police for 40 miles and eventually stopped in Yosemite National Park last week.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the chase started around 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, on Highway 41 in Fresno. It continued through Oakhurst, and to the national park.
Azar Moore, 34, and Christie Asberry, 38, of Paso Robles were travelling north bound on Highway 41 when Fresno police tried to stop the vehicle, according to the Sierra Star.
The newspaper said police stopped the pair because the car had been reported stolen from impound. “I did not steal my car from impound,” Asberry said in a phone interview Wednesday. A detective had searched and released the vehicle to her a month ago, Asberry said. “I’m mad because people are telling lies about us stealing a car,” she said.
Moore was arrested in Paso Robles recently for the robbery of a Shell gas station on 24th Street. See story here.
CHP reported the suspects, driving a Honda with tinted windows, took police on a 40-plus mile chase. Spike strips were deployed across Highway 41, in an attempt to disable the vehicle, which blew out three tires on the vehicle, the Sierra Star reports. At that time the vehicle considerably slowed down but never completely stopped. At that time officers believe Moore switched with Asberry behind the wheel.
All three tires came off the rims but the car continued driving north on Highway 41 at speeds of about 30 m.p.h., throwing sparks from all three rims. It wasn’t till the rims were totally ground down that the vehicle came to a stop about 13 miles into the National Parks, the newspaper reports.
The vehicle was quickly surrounded by five CHP units, three Fresno police units, and five park police units, with all officers with drawn weapons at the time. A stand-off lasted for a half hour before Moore exited the vehicle with a crack pipe in his hand, the report says.
Moore is charged with driving under the influence, felony evading, possession of a controlled substance, being in possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Source: Sierra Star
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