COARSEGOLD — A Coarsegold man is in custody after leading police on a chase across the county following a reported domestic violence incident.
Shortly after 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, Madera County Sheriff’s Deputy Johnathan Rodriguez and Sergeant Matt Mollet responded to a reported domestic violence incident at a residence on Road 417 in Coarsegold, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).
The suspect, identified as Tyler Jones, age 35, left prior to deputies’ arrival. Information was developed during the investigation which allowed deputies to determine an approximate location for Jones in the Chowchilla area.
A description of both Jones and the vehicle he was driving was distributed to MCSO deputies as well as surrounding law enforcement agencies.
Shortly before 12:30 p.m., Madera County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan King observed two Chowchilla Police Department units attempting to conduct a traffic enforcement stop on Mr. Jones’ vehicle. Jones failed to yield to the units attempting to stop him, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and continued northbound on Highway 99.
Deputy King continued the pursuit on northbound Highway 99 into Merced County, reportedly reaching speeds up to 80 miles per hour. California Highway Patrol officers successfully deployed a spike strip at the “R/V St.” exit in Merced, which contacted all four tires of the vehicle.
Jones continued northbound until he reached the area of Highway 99 and Beachwood Drive. It appeared the suspect then intentionally swerved and wrecked the vehicle, going through and causing damage to the Caltrans chain link fence that borders Highway 99.
The vehicle came to rest at the intersection of Ashby and Beachwood where Deputy King and CHP Officers conducted a felony traffic stop.
The suspect, confirmed to be Tyler Jones, complied with orders and was taken into custody.
Jones was evaluated by paramedics at the scene and transported and booked in at the Madera County Department of Corrections for multiple felony charges including inflicting corporal injury on spouse/cohabitant, criminal threats, strong-arm robbery, assault with a deadly weapon with force likely to cause great bodily injury and recklessly evading a peace officer.
Jones is being held on a $155,000 bond.