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Tuolumne, CA — A Tuolumne man was arrested following a high speed chase and brief fight with Tuolumne Narcotics Team agents. It happened at 2:10pm on Thursday afternoon.

Detectives arrived near the home of 43-year-old Charles Anderson in the 19000 block of Mi WU Street, in hopes of executing a search warrant. Anderson started to leave his home, approached detectives, and then drove a different direction. The Sheriff’s Department says Anderson later drove through the parking lot of Black Oak Casino, and eventually onto Tuolumne Road. At that point he stepped on the gas and reached speeds exceeding 75 miles an hour.

Anderson pulled off into a wooded area and ran away from his pickup. He eventually came to a stop and was pursued by the detectives. The Sheriff’s Office says Anderson refused to show his hands and go to the ground, so there was a brief fight to take him into custody.

One of the detectives injured his hand and was taken to Sonora Regional Medical Center. Anderson was also transported to SRMC because he started vomiting. He has since been taken to Tuolumne County Jail.

Later in the day, detectives executed a search warrant at Anderson’s home. A phone call came in from Jose Diaz-Zambrano, who asked to meet with Anderson in Jamestown. The undercover detective asked Diaz-Zambrano to instead come to Anderson’s home.

Deputies pulled over Diaz-Zambrano, and inside his vehicle were 109 grams of methamphetamine (1/4 pound). Diaz-Zambrano and two others in the vehicle (Juan Suarez and Mario Leal), were arrested. The three men posted $60,000 bail and have been released from county jail. Anderson remains in custody on $30,000 bail.

A fifth person was also arrested in connection. 40-year-old Janice Marie Barton was present during the search of Anderson’s residence. Inside the home were an additional 3.5 grams of methamphetamine and packaging materials.