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Arroyo Grande man arrested after high-speed chase from Grover Beach to SLO

Ronald Thomas Harvey, 47, of Arroyo Grande was arrested Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, on suspicion of felony failure to yield. Original story »
Ronald Thomas Harvey, 47, of Arroyo Grande was arrested Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, on suspicion of felony failure to yield. Original story »

An Arroyo Grande man was arrested just after midnight Sunday after allegedly leading police on a chase from Grover Beach to San Luis Obispo.

Sheriff's deputies tried to stop a truck driven by Ronald Thomas Harvey, 47, at 12:22 a.m. in the 1500 block of Grand Avenue after watching him make minor traffic violations and for having an expired registration, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department.

Instead of pulling over when the deputy turned on the car's lights and siren, Harvey allegedly continued driving on Grand Avenue to Oak Park Boulevard and Noyes Road. Once he reached Highway 227, Harvey drove toward San Luis Obispo.

San Luis Obispo police set out a spike strip near the airport, which Harvey's truck ran over, according to the news release. A tire of the truck started to deflate slowly, but Harvey allegedly sped up to more than 90 mph.

The truck continued on to South Street before crossing South Higuera and turning onto Brook Street, which is a dead-end. Harvey allegedly refused to get out of the truck after officers and deputies ordered him to do so, so a San Luis Obispo police officer shot a pepper ball into the cab of the truck through the open driver's window. After the pepper spray began to disperse in the cab, Harvey got out and was arrested, according to the news release.

Harvey was booked in County Jail on suspicion of felony failure to yield. Bail was set at $25,000.

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