Car Chase in Calaveras

Two Antioch men are facing a number of charges following a traffic stop that involved counterfeit bills, a stolen gun and a brief high-speed chase on Highway 49.  According to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s office, deputies attempted an early morning traffic stop over the holiday weekend after witnessing a vehicle crossing over the double-yellow lines.  However, instead of pulling over, the car took off at a speed of over 80 miles-per-hour.  Less than two miles later, the driver pulled over by the Calaveras County Humane Society, just outside of Angles Camp.   According to reports, the passenger got out of the car and began screaming profanities, trying to escalate the situation into a confrontation, but deputies were able to take the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Lamonte Percoats of Antioch, into custody without incident.  The driver, 29-year-old Victor Lumsey, also of Antioch, was found to be driving with a suspended license. Deputies also located a stolen firearm, approximately 16 suspected counterfeit bills ranging from $100 to $5, a controlled substance believed to be heroin, and drug paraphernalia.  Sheriff’s investigators are working with state and federal agencies on the counterfeit money aspect of the case. Meanwhile, Lumsey faces charges of DUI and driving with a suspended license, while Percoats was charged with obstructing a peace officer.                                                                                                                        

Written by KVGC Staff


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