A Soledad police officer used a taser to subdue and arrest a man who was running away from Monterey County sheriff’s deputies following a high-speed car chase and collision this afternoon, sheriff’s officials said. Shortly after 1 p.m., Monterey County sheriff’s deputies spotted a black Audi in the area of Central Avenue and U.S. Highway 101 in King City that deputies knew to be occupied by Pedro Elizondo, 29, of Greenfield.
Elizondo had warrants out for his arrest, Monterey County sheriff’s Sgt. Matt Mendoza said. Mendoza said the deputies were on patrol when they recognized him as the driver of the car. The deputies tried to stop the car, but Elizondo allegedly refused to yield and instead led the deputies on a car chase that reached speeds of 120 mph, sheriff’s officials said. Elizondo exited Highway 101 at Oak Avenue in Greenfield, where sheriff’s officials said Elizondo lost control of the vehicle and collided with a small tractor.
Elizondo got out of the car and started running away from law enforcement, according to sheriff’s officials. An officer with the Soledad Police Department found Elizondo a short time later and used a taser to bring him into custody, sheriff’s officials said. Elizondo was found to be in possession of methamphetamine for sale and was subsequently arrested, Mendoza said.
A passenger in the car reportedly asked Elizondo numerous times to be let out of the vehicle, sheriff’s officials said. Mendoza said he did not know the relationship between Elizondo and the female passenger, but said they knew each other prior to the car chase and Elizondo’s arrest.
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