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Broken Taillight Leads to High Speed Chase

A 20-year-old Williams Man is accused of speeding away from a Colusa County Sheriff’s Deputy when the officer tried to pull him over for a broken tail light.

Around 11:20 p.m. on July 20, 2014, the Sheriff’s Deputy spotted a vehicle with three people inside on East Camp Road, outside of Williams.

As the deputy attempted to make a traffic stop, the driver refused to pull over, and the deputy pursued.

The chase lead the deputy through the back roads of Williams, with speeds reaching upwards of 90 mph.

The driver made his way into the City of Williams on Zumwalt Road, and turning down I Street and finally stopping at his residence on Redinger Way.

The driver then fled his vehicle, trying to make his way to the home. Police officials were able to intercept him.

As police apprehended the suspect, the driver dropped a glass jar containing Marijuana.

Two juvenile passengers were also in the vehicle.

One of the juveniles were taken into custody for providing false identification and public intoxication.

Police arrested the driver, Julio Tapia on charges of obstructing or resisting a police officer, reckless driving, child endangerment, driving without a license, driving under the influence of alcohol or drug with a blood alcohol level of 008% or higher, and possession of marijuana over 28.5 grams.

The chase lasted 5.9 miles, and no property damage or injuries were incurred due to the chase.

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