Update at 7 p.m.: The CHP reports the search in the Phoenix Lake area has been called off with the suspect still at large. A chase began just before 4 p.m. after a vehicle took off when an officer attempted a traffic stop. Officers and Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Deputies, K9 units and a helicopter scoured the areas of Phoenix Lake Road and Meadowbrook Drive for the suspect and vehicle. The latter was found ditched on Meadowbrook Drive, according to the CHP, which describe the suspect as a bald white adult male wearing a baseball cap and black tank top. Residents are asked to report any suspicious activity or stranger in the area to the dispatch by calling 209-356-2900.
Original post at 4:20 p.m.: Sonora, CA — Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Deputies, K9 units, a helicopter and CHP officers are combing the Phoenix Lake Road, Meadowbrook Drive and other adjacent roads.
Several residents have been calling Clarke Broadcasting to report law enforcement activity. The Sonora Unit of the CHP has confirmed to us that officers are actively searching for a suspect that took off when an officer tried to pull a vehicle over. The CHP reports that since they are not sure who the suspect is they can not determine if they are armed and dangerous. They request residents to stay in their homes and if they see any suspicious activity or see a stranger in the area to call the dispatch at 356-2900 or 209-984-3944.