High-speed chase ends in Atascadero
A man was arrested Thursday night after a high-speed chase from Grover Beach to Atascadero.
The incident started when a Grover Beach police officer saw a suspicious truck back into the driveway of a home in the 1100 block of Farroll Road, according to a news release from the Grover Beach Police Department. As the officer approached the truck, the driver allegedly accelerated and drove toward the officer. The officer was nearly struck, according to the news release, but was able to jump out of the way.
The driver, who police later identified as Richard Joe Hanson, 38, then allegedly led officers on a chase through Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande and Oceano before driving northbound on Highway 101. Speeds reached 90 mph during the chase, according to police.
A spike strip was deployed in Atascadero, according to the news release. Hanson reportedly exited the highway and came to a stop on El Camino Real at San Rafael Road, where officers arrested him on suspicion of felony evading an officer, felony attempted assault with a deadly weapon on an officer, driving under the influence of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license, probation violation and for having a no-bail felony warrant. He was booked at County Jail.