PAMLDALE – A suspected DUI driver allegedly crashed his pickup truck into a home near Tehachapi and then led California Highway Patrol officers on a 70-mile chase that ended in the Antelope Valley Tuesday evening, authorities said.
James Edgar McKie, 49, was taken into custody by local CHP officers around 6:50 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, just south of Soledad Canyon Road. He was booked into Kern County Jail for felony evading, driving under the influence of alcohol/ drugs, and assault with a deadly weapon, according to CHP Officer Gil Hernandez.
The chase began around 5:30 p.m. after the CHP’s Mojave office received a call about a vehicle crashing into an occupied home on Sand Canyon Road. At least one resident was injured, but the extent of the injuries was not immediately available.
When officers responded to the area, the suspect had already fled the scene, according to CHP Sgt. Michelle Fournier.
“The suspect vehicle, a white pickup, was found approximately 2 to 3 miles away, and the suspect driver was seen standing in the back of the pickup truck,” Fournier said. When officers tried to contact McKie, he yelled obscenities at them, jumped in his truck and took off, Fournier added.
Officers trailed McKie on rural roads in Kern County, on Highway 58, and then on the southbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, CHP officials said.
Officers attempted at least two pit maneuvers on the 14 Freeway, and on the second pit maneuver, the truck spun out and crashed into the center divider, Fournier said.
The suspect then jumped out of the truck and ran across freeway lanes to the northbound side of SR-14, according to Fournier.
“Two of the Antelope Valley CHP officers ran behind him. As the suspect hit the right shoulder, he started to run down the embankment and fell down, by himself,” Fournier said. “The officers then got into position and, when he went to stand up, took him into custody with no further incident.”
McKie remains jailed in lieu of $80,000 bail, according to Kern County inmate records.