A routine traffic stop in Monterey County on Tuesday afternoon led to a high-speed car chase and a suspect’s arrest on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies attempted to stop a black 2007 Cadillac Escalade at Wood and Jackson streets in Castroville for a headlight being out. The Cadillac refused to stop and led deputies on a chase through Castroville at speeds exceeding 120 mph. The chase headed into Moss Landing, before turning back through Castroville on state Highway 1.
The Cadillac turned onto Espinosa Road, where deputies attempted to set up a spike strip to stop the vehicle but were unable to overtake it. The suspect’s SUV attempted to ram the patrol cars and run them off the road, according to the sheriff’s office. The chase continued at high speeds onto residential streets. Deputies followed the car onto Boronda Road, through the east side of Salinas, and onto North Main Street.
Deputies tried to box in the SUV and sheriff’s officials said the Cadillac attempted to ram a patrol car, lost control and rolled onto its side. Sheriff’s officials said the suspect did not comply and had to be pulled out of the SUV. Deputies arrested 18-year-old Enrique Torres on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading, and driving a stolen vehicle.
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