A high-speed chase ended Wednesday in the parking lot of Red Hawk Casino, but not before a police officer was assaulted.
Placerville police officers arrived at the Placerville Safeway parking lot to conduct a probation search on Paul Deocampo, 27, who had been seen in the area, a press release stated.
Officers approached Deocampo in a parked vehicle. He refused to obey commands and started to reach into his car for an unknown object. He proceeded to start his engine and an officer reached in to stop him from leaving.
Deocampo began to drive away, dragging the officer with him for about 10 feet until the officer was able to break free. The suspect sped away.
Patrol officers gave chase as Deocampo drove from Highway 50 to Mother Lode Drive at high speed, ignoring traffic lights and pursuing patrol cars with lights and sirens. He traveled westbound on Mother Lode Drive in excess of 100 mph, weaving between lanes and traffic. He then went from Shingle Springs Drive to eastbound Highway 50 at Ponderosa Road, still maintaining speeds over 100 mph.
He exited at Red Hawk Parkway, finally stopping his vehicle in the parking garage. There, he was taken into custody without further incident.
It was discovered that Deocampo’s daughter, under 2 years old, had been in a child’s seat in the back seat. “When officers approached her, she was clearly scared and her seat was tipped sideways from the radical driving,” the press release stated.
Deocampo was booked into jail on charges of violating probation, assault on an officer, felony evasion and child endangerment. He remains in custody on $90,000 bail.
The injured officer checked into Marshall Hospital and was released with minor injuries.