Suspect in car chase calls 911 to divert police

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WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) – Authorities say a Watsonville man tried to shake a police car that was pursuing him by calling 911 to report a fake shooting. Watsonville police Sgt. Eric Taylor says the ruse didn’t work, and 28-year-old Jose Luis Fernandez was taken into custody.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that Fernandez was on Santa Cruz County‘s Most Wanted list for suspicion of selling drugs when officers spotted him driving Thursday morning.

Taylor says that during the 50 mph chase that followed Fernandez called 911 on his cellphone to report a nearby shooting. He then drove through a berry field, but was caught while running off through the brush.

Fernandez was arrested on the felony drug warrant, as well as on suspicion of evasion of an officer, resisting arrest, making a false report to 911 and using a cellphone while driving.

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