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Lake County Police Pursuit Ends with a Splash After Suspect Car Ends Up in Clear Lake


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.

Footage of the police pursuit obtained by Renee Fichtner, a Lake County resident

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.

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  1. I’m glad to read this report and learn of the positive outcome. However, while the spelling of Clearlake, and Clearlake Oaks, in Lake County, may seem a small matter, how hard is it to check a map and get it correct? It’s only been on maps for a hundred years or so.

    • Hey Laura, thank you for pointing out my spelling error. Error has been fixed. Mind you, there is no mention of the town of Clearlake, just the body of water known as Clear Lake. The only spelling error was Clearlake Oaks, which has been rectified.

      • Matt: thanks for correcting what appeared to be inaccuracies, but may have been only inconsistancies in spelling.

        I learned that the lake itself is Clear Lake, and two of the towns are Clearlake and Clearlake Oaks.

        Checking a map myself, I saw there is also Clear Lake Riviera, so the whole area has inconsistencies.

        Good to learn something new!

      • …and never put a comma before ‘and’…just sayin’ (…as long as you’re being picked on. 🙂

  2. Why is everyone trying to outrun the police these days? While it may seem like fun it rarely works out well. Just an observation.

  3. My advice….Don’t run from police! Pull into a well lit highly populated area beneath some independent cameras rolling. Attract a lot of attention to yourself so the cameras start rolling. Prayers for safety and accountability for all who may find themselves in a “ situation “.


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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
Educator🔸Reporter for KMUD/ Redheaded Blackbelt/Founder of Cold Case Mendocino🔹Local News Junkie

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