A police pursuit in Lake County that began approximately forty minutes ago concluded when the white Lexus police were chasing careened into the waters of Clear Lake.
Beginning at approximately 7:40 p.m. near Clearlake Oaks, scanner traffic indicated the pursuit followed Highway 20 west at speeds upwards of 85 miles per hour.
Law enforcement deployed spike strips in Lucerne causing all four of the vehicle’s tires to blow out. At one point the driver of the white Lexus deviated from Highway 20 and entered Rancho Vista Drive in Lucerne finally heading back to the highway.
Soon afterward, the white Lexus ended up submerged in the cold waters of Clear Lake
For a moment, officers had the driver at gunpoint, and after he was detained police determined they had a number of warrants out for them including one for explosives and weapons. The driver was taken to a local hospital for medical clearance and will subsequently be booked into the Lake County Jail.
Though this reporter was on an evening walk and was able to listen and keep an outline of the pursuit while it was ongoing, hat tip to Nicole McQueary and her updates on the Facebook page Lake County California Police, Fire, Emergency Scanner for helping fill in some of the details.