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Cops corner man in chase along river

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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California State Park rangers, Placer County Sheriffs and the California Highway Patrol spent Saturday afternoon chasing a suspect in and out of the American River near Lake Clementine and the Foresthill Bridge. It all began around 1 p.m. Saturday, when Jenny Gardemeyer, state park ranger, saw the suspect spin out and perform a U-turn at the Mammoth Bar OHV area. Gardemeyer said she flagged the driver to get him to stop but he fled the area. A second vehicle, which Gardemeyer described as a white Chevy S-10 type of truck with no license plates and a square “6” DMV registration placard in the rear passenger window, pulled up to block Gardemeyer as the first vehicle left the area. A state park ranger spotted the first vehicle at the Lower Lake Clementine entrance, and followed the suspect after he rammed through the Lake Clementine Trail gate. About a mile down the trail, “he came to a spot he couldn’t pass and he foot-bailed,” Gardemeyer said. Law enforcement followed the suspect for more than an hour as he came in and out of the river near the Foresthill Bridge. Once in custody, the suspect was transported to Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. “Because of the time he was in the water, there’s of course some concern of hypothermia,” Gardemeyer said. The suspect also sustained scratches, and complained of knee pain. His identity had not been confirmed as of late Saturday afternoon, Gardemeyer said. The second vehicle had yet to be found, she said.