Angels Camp, CA – An elderly Jackson man led CHP Officers on a chase through Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties.
Last night, San Andreas area officers tried to pull over 83-year-old Lavon Dale Fritson for a mechanical violation, and he failed to stop. At one point, officers flattened all four of Fritson’s tires with spike strips near Angels Camp. The chase continued into Tuolumne County, despite Fritson’s four flat tires, and Sonora Area CHP officers took over on Highway 49 at the Stevenot Bridge. Officers used a PIT maneuver, striking the rear of Fritson’s Jeep, causing him to spinout. The chase ended at 10:04pm on Highway 49 north of Reynolds Ferry Road.
“Mr. Fritson was charged with felony evading,” says Officer Mike Remmell. “It was determined that Mr. Fritson was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but a possible medical or age issue was the reason for the failure to yield.”
Based on Fritson’s age and past medical issues, he was released to his family members.