A fugitive who threatened to kill two Sonoma County sheriff's deputies escaped authorities again this week following a chase through Big Sur on Wednesday that exceeded 100 miles per hour, deputies said.
Dimitri Storm, 42, of Santa Cruz, is wanted by law enforcement on suspicion of pointing a gun at a Soquel Hills man during an interrupted burglary and several other car and home burglaries in Santa Cruz and Sonoma counties.
He drew attention in Big Sur about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday after he threatened to fight a clerk at the Big Sur General Store, Monterey County sheriff's deputies said. Storm, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, left in a gray Lexus sedan, deputies said.
About 12:40 p.m., a deputy spotted the car speeding north on Highway 1 in front of the Big Sur River Inn. The deputy chased the car as it sped through construction sites at Andrew Molera State Beach and Bixby Bridge, driving into oncoming traffic and nearly hitting other vehicles and workers, deputies said.
The car turned east onto Palo Colorado Road and then onto Garrapata Road, where it was found unoccupied at the end of the road.
An extensive search of buildings, vehicles and the forest failed to locate Storm, deputies said.
The Lexus was stolen out of Carmel, where Storm is believed to have dumped a stolen Audi SUV on Saturday or Sunday, authorities said. Santa Cruz County deputies believe he took the Audi from Boulder Creek last week.
Storm, who appeared on Santa Cruz County's "Most Wanted" list last week, allegedly pointed a handgun at a Soquel Hills resident on April 2.
On April 4, he led Calistoga police on a chase on Highway 128 in a Ford Explorer stolen from Santa Cruz with the license plate from a different stolen car, police said.
He eluded capture.
The next morning, at about 6 a.m., Sonoma County deputies investigating the theft of a GMC Acadia from Windsor pulled him over near Petaluma. Storm claimed to have a gun, smashed a deputy's arm in a car door, and then, apparently unaffected by two stun-gun charges, sped away.
A daylong dragnet followed in Marin County, forcing a school to close and involving officers from several agencies. Storm was not found.
Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputy April Skalland said last week that Storm typically steals cars that are unlocked and breaks into homes that are unlocked. She advised residents not to leave keys in their cars and to lock up valuables.
Vacant vacation homes have also been targets, authorities said.
Storm is 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 180 pounds with blue eyes and blond or brown hair.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Monterey County Sheriff's Office at 755-3752 or the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office at 831-471-1211.