Stolen car recovered after 45-minute police pursuit

December 10, 2013 

Two Mountain Men driving a stolen vehicle woke up behind bars Monday morning Dec. 9 following a 45-minute chase that nearly crossed county lines before finally coming to an end at around midnight in North Fork.

26-year-old Matthew Justin Alonzo of Oakhurst and 46-year-old Timothy Dean Alec of Coarsegold are facing multiple felony charges after leading two Deputies and one California Highway Patrol Officer on a windy chase that started near Road 200 and Auberry Road, finally ending 33 miles later at the entrance of Wyle Ranch Road in North Fork.

Shortly before 11 PM, Sergeant Mike Pace was patrolling the area of Road 200 when he saw a 1993 green colored Jeep Wrangler reported stolen out of Madera.

The driver refused to yield leading Sergeant 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; the passenger could be seen throwing items from the vehicle, and at one point, shining a flashlight on patrol units as they followed.

A CHP Officer staging in the area threw spike strips near Roads 274 and 225, which did not immediately deter the driver, who continued on for several more miles before the jeep stopped on the shoulder of the road. Both men were immediately taken into custody without further incident.

Inside the stolen vehicle, Deputies recovered Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and nearly a dozen rounds of ammunition, as well as stolen property.

The driver, Timothy Alec, was booked into Madera County Department of Corrections on suspicion of recklessly evading a peace office, vehicle theft, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains jailed at this hour with bail set at $25,000.00

The passenger, Matthew Alonzo, is facing felony weapons and narcotic charges. He too remains jailed at this hour with bail set at $25,000.00.

— Madera County Sheriff's Office

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