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High-speed chase ends three-county crime spree

April 19, 2011

A high-speed chase ended a three-county trek for a pair of fugitives Monday night in Yuba County.

The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department was alerted around 6:35 p.m. Monday by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department of a car driven by a suspect in a felony assault earlier in the evening, said Yuba County spokeswoman Melanie Oakes.

About 40 minutes later, a Yuba County deputy saw a car matching the description in the Nevada County alert and attempted to pull it over. The driver, Dillon James McMahon, 22, of Roseville, instead led deputies on a 25-minute chase with speeds reported on the police scanner of up to 125 mph.

The pursuit started at Highway 20 and Kibbe Road, then proceeded to Fruitland Road to Marysville Road and finally back to Highway 20 westbound toward Marysville.

Deputies laid out spike strips which McMahon hit with one side of the car near the Recology Yuba-Sutter Transfer Station, said Oakes. As the car’s tires slowly deflated, McMahon drove onto Sweezy Street.

Both McMahon and his passenger, John Kody Adrian, 19, of Colfax, bailed out of the car while it was still running, leaving it on a nearby yard.

McMahon’s escape attempt was thwarted by a K-9 unit, but he still tried to fight his way out until he was hit with a Taser. Adrian was pursued and captured by deputies, Oakes said.

McMahon was taken to Rideout Memorial Hospital with minor injuries from the bite, Oakes said.

This was the end of a search through three counties for the men.

Around 6 p.m. in Penn Valley, an 81-year-old man was hit multiple times in the head with a crowbar, Nevada County Undersheriff Richard Kimble said. Witnesses on Gold County Drive reported two suspects who were earlier knocking on doors of at least two other homes asking for money were behind the assault.

The victim was lifeflighted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

Nevada County passed a description of a dark Honda Civic with front-end damage to Yuba County since they suspected the vehicle was traveling in that direction, Kimble said.

When a Yuba County deputy ran the license plate of the car McMahon was driving, it came back as being involved in a carjacking in Auburn, Oakes said.

McMahon had spent the night before in jail on a disorderly conduct charge by the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, according to a booking sheet at the Placer County Jail. He was released Monday.

In a separate high-speed chase Monday afternoon, Sutter County deputies responded to a report of trespassing in an orchard on the 3000 block of South George Washington Boulevard.

Upon arriving, the deputy saw a large group flee in separate vehicles, according to a department spokesman. The deputy pursued the nearest vehicle — a white Nissan — westbound on Bogue Road and northbound on Township with speeds up to 100 mph.

The deputy stopped the pursuit on Franklin Road due to its proximity to Franklin Elementary School. The suspect decided to pull over shortly after.

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