A suspect led Monterey County deputies on a brief car chase Wednesday that ended in a drug arrest, sheriff’s officials s
aid. Deputies discovered a white Chevrolet pickup that was parked with its lights out in a vineyard in an area south of Soledad shortly after midnight.
The deputies parked behind the pickup and the truck sped away with its lights off, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies followed the pickup as it headed in the wrong direction on Metz Road. The pursuit lasted for about two miles before the vehicle came to a stop in Soledad.
The driver and a passenger were detained and a vehicle search allegedly yielded controlled substances including oxycodone and morphine. Deputies said the vehicle smelled strongly of burnt marijuana. James Michale Washington, 22, of Soledad was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and not yielding to police.
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