The California Highway Patrol used a spike strip to halt a high-speed chase on Highway 101 that began in Salinas and ended in San Miguel with the arrest of a man from San Jose on Monday evening.
About 6:25 p.m., the CHP in Monterey County received reports of a wrong-way driver involved in three traffic collisions that injured one person on Highway 101 near Salinas, a dispatcher said. CHP officers pursued the 2002 Nissan Xterra south on Highway 101 as the driver allegedly tried to run other vehicles off the road at speeds of up to 95 mph, coming dangerously close to other vehicles and swerving toward guardrails, bridge abutments and the median, according to a news release.
In San Luis Obispo County, a CHP officer from the Templeton office picked up the pursuit, while a second officer set up a spike strip near the 10th Street overcrossing in San Miguel. The strip stopped the Nissan about 7:25 p.m. The driver initially appeared cooperative, then jumped back into his SUV and revved the engine, the release said. Officers forcefully removed him as he allegedly yelled that “demons” were coming that would “get us all,” according to the release.
Juan Carlos Landerosperez, 39, was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of misdemeanor evading an officer and reckless driving, battery on a peace officer and driving under the influence of drugs. He was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail Tuesday afternoon.
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Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story had the wrong location for where the chase ended.