Santa Cruz police have arrested a 40-year-old man suspected of driving under the influence of methamphetamine and possibly trying to hit pedestrians near the Amgen Tour of California route on Tuesday afternoon. At about 4:45 p.m., police received reports of a person driving erratically in a green Mercury minivan near the bike race route. He appeared to be trying to run into pedestrians, police said. The race was not affected because it had ended by then, police said. Some officers who were in the area assisting with the Amgen tour attempted to stop the minivan. The driver refused to pull over and led officers on a low-speed chase through the west side of the city, police said. Officers eventually caught up with the driver at a Valero gas station at Mission Street and Miramar Avenue. Inside the Mercury, they found methamphetamine, two BB guns and several masks and wigs, police said. The driver was later identified as Santa Cruz resident Abraham Kelly. He has an extensive local arrest record that includes drug- and robbery-related offenses, police said. Kelly was arrested and booked into Santa Cruz County jail on three charges including driving under the influence of drugs, felony evading a police officer, and possession of methamphetamine.
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