After driving at speeds as high as 130 miles-per-hour and forcing other drivers off the road, the California Highway Patrol arrested Jonathan Iver Castro, 23, of Vallejo, at 9:02 p.m. Saturday, July 25.
According to a report released today by the CHP, an officer with the Susanville area CHP observed a gray Nissan 350Z traveling northbound on Highway 395 near the Honey Lake Motorcross Park at speeds exceeding 100 mph. The officer made a U-turn and accelerated in an attempt to overtake the Nissan, but the driver fled, increasing his speed to approximately 130 mph and passing vehicles over double yellow lines. The officer lost sight of the Nissan and discontinued his pursuit, but provided CHP dispatch a description of the vehicle and its reckless driving.
Soon CHP dispatch began receiving calls from witnesses describing the vehicle traveling at 100 mph, making bad passes and forcing vehicles off the road.
A second CHP officer located the Nissan near 395 at Main Street and made the stop. The driver was arrested for reckless driving.
While conducting an inventory of the Nissan prior to its impound by Susanville Towing, a loaded pistol with a round in the chamber was located under the driver seat, a switchblade knife was located near the driver seat and a controlled substance was also located in the vehicle. The following charges were added to reckless driving: carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, possession of a concealed firearm in a vehicle, possession of a switchblade and exceeding 100 mph.
No officers or suspects were injured as a result of this incident.