SBSONEEDLES, CALIF.– Deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department were led on a high speed chase Sunday afternoon that ended in a traffic accident south of the Nevada state line. The driver was airlifted from the scene to a local hospital. His name has not been released. It all started at around 3:30 (PST) when sheriff’s dispatchers received a 911 call of a subject wielding a bat near a store in Needles. When deputies from the Colorado River station arrived, the suspect fled the scene in a vehicle and refused to yield to pursing deputies who were attempting to conduct a traffic stop, according to Cpl. Randy Naquin, spokesman for the sheriff’s department.  The pursuit, which reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour at times, ended when the suspect lost control of his vehicle and crashed while travelling north on Needles Highway, near River Road. San Bernardino County Fire Department paramedics stabilized him for air transport to a local hospital. The sheriff’s office closed Needles Highway for about an hour as deputies conducted their investigation and cleared the scene.  The suspect will be charged with felony evading once he’s released from the hospital.

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