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Santa Rosa man arrested after high-speed chase in Mendocino County

A 19-year-old Santa Rosa man remained in the Mendocino County jail Thursday, a day after a high-speed chase on Highway 101.

Matthew Thomas Fudge was arrested on suspicion of felony evasion of officers. The CHP said he drove into oncoming traffic during the pursuit. There were no reports of injuries.

The chase began at 2:40 p.m. when a CHP officer observed Fudge driving a blue Chevy pickup at speeds of up to 90 mph northbound Highway 101 near Ukiah.

When the officer attempted to stop the truck, the driver accelerated, exceeding 100 mph, the CHP said.

The driver evaded a spike strip and continued through Willits, where officers gave up the chase for public safety reasons.

Fudge was spotted north of Willits by Mendocino County Sheriff's deputies and Willits police. He was stopped and taken into custody, according to the CHP.

Officers said they had not determined why Fudge would not stop.

— Glenda Anderson


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