PITTSBURG — A man who crashed his car while transporting a pound of methamphetamine is being held in custody in lieu $500,000 bond. The suspect was arrested after being pursued for refusing to yield for a traffic stop.
Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted to stop a vehicle on May 20 shortly before 3 p.m. The driver sped away from Railroad Avenue onto eastbound Highway 4 driving the wrong way against traffic.
Deputies terminated their pursuit of the vehicle in the interest of public safety. Soon afterward, the errant driver collided into two vehicles and fled by foot, but soon forced his way into a passing vehicle.
The suspect forced this carjacking victim to drive him to a nearby commercial area on Bliss Avenue. This only added to the suspect’s troubles when he was eventually apprehended.
An extensive search was conducted before deputies located the suspect identified as Nathen D. Parscal, 35 of Bay Point. Meanwhile, deputies searched the suspect’s crashed vehicle and recovered the methamphetamine.
Two persons involved in the collision with the suspect were transported to a hospital for medical treatment.
Parscal was arrested at 3:34 p.m. and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility. As it turns out, he is a parolee with a criminal history.
Parscal faces charges for possession and transportation of a controlled substance for sale. His other charges include carjacking, kidnapping and false imprisonment by violence.
In addition, Parscal also faces charges pertaining to evading police and for violation of the terms of his parole.