One arrested, one escapes police in South Lake Tahoe “manhunt”

SLTP chaseOfficers with the El Dorado Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol and the South Lake Tahoe Police Department search for a suspect after he jumped a fence into a backyard Tuesday afternoon near Pinter and Carson avenues.

One person was arrested and one remains at-large after the suspects allegedly evaded police in a vehicle before abandoning it and attempting to escape on foot.

The chase began at about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday after the driver of the vehicle, a white Jeep Cherokee, allegedly refused to pull over for a traffic stop, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office (EDSO) Sgt. Michael Seligsohn said.

The suspects abandoned the SUV in the area of Rose and Reno avenues and fled on foot. One suspect was arrested soon after, but a second jumped into a backyard and managed to escape.

Officers from the EDSO, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the California Highway Patrol searched the area but were unable to find the second suspect.

However, Seligsohn said authorities know who the suspect is and that he was confident they would eventually apprehend him.

The identity of both suspects was not immediately released.

The attempted traffic stop occurred after the officer identified the two men, Seligsohn said, one reportedly sought on a warrant and the second, the driver, allegedly had a suspended license.

Seligsohn said the two suspects could face charges of evading arrest. The driver could face a felony evading arrest charge after he allegedly drove at speeds between 40-to-50 mph in a residential area, passed cars and at times drove on the incoming traffic lane.

Authorities remained in the area where the vehicle was abandoned until after 4 p.m., but had not found the second suspect yet.

Emergency personnel were called for the arrested suspect, but Seligsohn said the health issues he was checked for were not directly related to his apprehension.

It was not immediately clear what the warrant for one of the suspects was for.

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