High-speed pursuit ends when driver crashes in marsh
PHOTOS: Humboldt County Sheriff
LOLETA — What started out as a traffic stop for an alleged vehicle code violation escalated to a high-speed pursuit ending with the arrests of two individuals in Humboldt County last week.
Around 3 AM on Friday, November 15, deputies patrolling the area of Singley Hill Road attempted an enforcement stop on a vehicle being driven by 46-year-old David William Mahle of Eureka.
Mahle refused to yield and instead initiated a pursuit, eventually entering westbound U.S. Highway 101 and reaching speeds exceeding 100 MPH.
CHP and Eureka PD officers were called in for assistance as the pursuit continued into and around the community of Humboldt Hill.
Finally, officers deployed a spike strip on Humboldt Hill Road in the hopes of neutralizing the Mahle’s vehicle. It worked.
As he re-entered 101, Mahle lost control of the car, crossing the center median and crashing into the marsh near the southbound on-ramp of Herrick Avenue.
Mahle and his passenger, 41-year-old Kevin Eric Wangler of McKinleyville, tried to flee on foot but were quickly apprehended.
Mahle now faces charges of felony evading, resisting a peace officer, conspiracy to commit an act injurious to public health, driving on a suspended license, and failure to provide vehicle registration.
Wangler faces charges of resisting a peace officer, conspiracy to commit an act injurious to public health, and violation of probation. He also had a felony warrant for revocation of Post Release Community Supervision.