The CHP is trying to figure out why a southern California man driving a stolen vehicle would draw attention to himself by driving recklessly through a Cal Trans construction zone. CHP Officer Greg Tassone says 37 year old Luke Neely, of San Diego, was driving through a construction project underway on Highway 49 last Friday evening just North of Coyote St.
The CHP officer chased the vehicle attempting to make a traffic stop and Neely pulled over.
The vehicle was a 2016 Toyota Sequoia, and Neely was taken into custody on the outstanding warrant.
While taking the vehicle into custody the officer also found two malnourished animals in the car, a cat and a dog in squalid conditions. They were turned over to Animal Control. Neely was charged with felony Vehicle Theft, felony receiving known stolen property and a felony charge of animal cruelty. He has since been released on $10,000 bail.