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Driver Hits 130 Miles Per Hour During High Speed Chase; Deputies Let Car Go

By Chelsea KAY, @ChelseaKayTv
Published On: Nov 26 2012 08:14:05 PM CST
LOS MOLINOS, Calif. -

A car topped 130 miles per hour when Tehama County Sheriff's Deputies decided to end a high speed chase.   

It happened just after 11 p.m. Sunday night on Highway 99 near Englehorn Road in Los Molinos.

Deputies said they were attempting to pull a Black BMW SUV over for going 70 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. That's when the car accelerated and turned its lights off.

Deputies chased the car until it reached 130 miles per hour, near Butte county on Highway 99 East.

Lieutenant Dave Greer said it's normal to terminate chases if they become unsafe.

When making the decision, he says they look at the initial reason for pulling the person over and whether or not the public is at risk.

He said the driver was going so fast, that despite the dangerous way the person was driving sticking with their pursuit would have been even worse.

Deputies were never close enough to the car to get a license plate or to see the driver.