Mercedes driver leads police on chase, crashes through gate

CORNING, Calif. - A high speed chase in Tehama County ended when a Mercedes crashed through a gate on Antelope Boulevard early Friday.  When it was over the driver Jaron Lee Carnahan, 31 of Red Bluff, was arrested on a series of charges.

It started around 4:18 a.m. Friday on Gallagher Avenue.  Tehama County Sheriff Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop on a white Mercedes hatchback on Gallagher Avenue near Houghton Avenue in the Corning area. 

Deputies said the driver, Carnahan, failed to yield and a pursuit started.

The chase led deputies, Corning Police and CHP on a chase which finally ended on Antelope Road in Rancho Tehama.  

According to deputies, the Mercedes crashed through a gate at the dead end of Antelope Road and came to rest on empty property.  Investigators said Carnahan ran from the crashed car, leaving behind three passengers.  They suffered from injuries ranging from minor to medium.  One of the passengers was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Carnahan was located by the Corning Police Canine Unit about 100 yards from the crash site.  Deputies later learned Carnahan had several outstanding felony arrest warrants.

He was arrested on the warrants and on new charges of evading, reckless driving and resisting, delaying, obstructing a peace officer                             

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