Car recovered after 33-mile chase

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Two mountain men driving a stolen vehicle woke up behind bars Monday following a 45-minute chase that nearly crossed county lines before ending around midnight in North Fork, authorities said.

Twenty-six-year-old Matthew Justin Alonzo of Oakhurst and 46-year-old Timothy Dean Alec of Coarsegold face multiple felony charges after allegedly leading Madera County sheriff’s deputies and a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer on a windy chase that started near Road 200 and Auberry Road and finished 33 miles later at the entrance of Wyle Ranch Road in North Fork.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday, Sgt. Mike Pace was patrolling the area of Road 200 when he saw a 1993 green colored Jeep Wrangler reported stolen out of Madera, according to Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Erica Stuart. The driver refused to yield and led Pace, two other deputies and a CHP officer on a 45-minute pursuit on icy roads.

During the chase, the driver ran a stop sign, and the passenger could be seen throwing items from the vehicle and, at one point, shining a flashlight on patrol units as they followed, Stuart said...

 

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