Cycle crash fire burns CHP car

By From page A1 | August 21, 2013

A motorcycle chase ended in a fire destroying both the motorcycle and the patrol car Sunday evening.

The pursuit began near South Shingle Road just south of Highway 50 in Shingle Springs, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. Anthony Valdez, 27, of Placerville, was “trying to get away” from a CHP officer.

The pursuit ended on Woodside Way, about 300 feet north of Cousins Court, when Valdez crashed his 2002 Suzuki. The crash started a grass fire, which caught the patrol car on fire just after pulling up to the crashed motorcycle. “(The fire) burned both the motorcycle and the patrol vehicle,” Cuthbertson said. “Both were a total loss.”

He noted the fire spread so quickly that the officer didn’t have time to get anything out of the car.

Valdez suffered minor injuries; the officer was unharmed. Valdez was arrested, booked and charged with allegedly evading police with a disregard for safety, causing a structure or forest fire, driving on a suspended license and an enhancement of being on probation for a misdemeanor. As of Monday, he was being held in the county jail with a listed bail of $76,500.

Cole Mayer

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