RICHMOND -- A Sacramento man suspected of drunken driving led the California Highway Patrol on a high-speed chase along Interstate 80 early Tuesday before crashing on a Richmond off-ramp, a CHP spokesman said.
Police arrested 27-year-old Kyle Buege on suspicion of DUI, hit-and-run, resisting arrest and evading police following the wreck, which happened around 1:15 a.m. at the Carlson Boulevard exit off westbound Interstate 80, said CHP Officer Daniel Hill.
Buege is accused of taking off in a black Crown Victoria after CHP officers assigned to protect the area near the state Capitol saw him run a red light at a high rate of speed, Hill said.
Buege led the officers onto I-80 in Sacramento just after midnight and drove as fast as 100 mph, Hill said. The CHP twice called off the chase, the first time when the Victoria neared a construction zone.
"We have units stationed at construction zones during nighttime work and they're tasked with making sure the workers are safe," Hill said. "In this case, the workers were warned and were able to get out of the roadway well before the man got anywhere near it. We then discontinued the chase, as he closed in on the construction zone."
The CHP next laid down spike strips near the Tennessee Street exit on Vallejo, but that didn't end the chase either. Police said Buege continued to drive at high speed despite flat tires and by the time he neared Richmond, the Victoria was traveling on its tire rims.
"As he got down to his rims, we discontinued the chase again, out of safety for everyone including the driver," Hill said. "That's when he tried to make the exit and he was not able to negotiate it and crashed into a pole."
Hill said Buege tried to escape by running away, but officers chased him down within seconds.
Police do not know why Buege did not pull over or why he continued to evade police as long as he did, Hill said. He was taken to the Contra Costa Regional Center for a medical evaluation after the crash, then taken to the County Jail in Martinez, where he was held there in lieu of $50,000 bail.
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