Residents of Mendocino and Lake Counties were on the edge of their seats this evening as a black Corvette brazenly fled police driving at speeds up to 120 miles per hour, recklessly dodging traffic, while spanning north Mendocino’s hill country to the single-lane roads around Clear Lake.
Approximately two hours after the California Highway Patrol ended their multi-county pursuit, the vehicle was located and the driver was arrested.
The chase initially began late this afternoon around 5:30 after the driver of the black Corvette, described as a black, male adult, failed to yield after law enforcement spotted him driving without license plates north of Willits.
At that point, the chase began. The driver of the black Corvette, at speeds over 100 miles per hour, sped south through Willits, descended the Ridgewood Grade, and struck east on State Route 20. Law enforcement eventually lost sight of the vehicle near the Buffalo Ranch.
The driver of the black Corvette was crossing double yellow lines, passing traffic on the right-hand shoulder, nearly collided with oncoming traffic, and drove so quickly that law enforcement lost sight of the Corvette several times during the pursuit.
During the chase, there was reportedly a second vehicle following the Corvette that was mentioned briefly.
The pursuit began once again when he was spotted headed west on Highway 20 in Lake County, back towards Mendocino County, turning south on Highway 101 towards Ukiah.
Ukiah Police Department could be heard over the scanner blocking each exit into Ukiah so the driver could not get into town, and he was seen speeding south from the Perkins Street exit.
At that point, around 6:45 p.m., the location of the vehicle became unclear and CHP transitioned to a Be On the Lookout alert and continued to comb for the Corvette.
At approximately 8:50 p.m. the Corvette and the driver were located. Where they were located was unclear, but the last report before issuing the BOLO indicated the vehicle had turned west onto Highway 253.
The entirety of tonight’s reporting on the situation came via the police scanner, so we will be seeking an official statement on the circumstances tomorrow morning.
Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.