A vehicle stolen out of Nevada City last week has been recovered but the suspect, who was the subject of a search Saturday night including a K-9 officer and the CHP helicopter, is still on the loose.
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Nevada County Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Smethers says an advisory was broadcast to area law enforcement about the stolen vehicle and a Sheriff’s deputy spotted a Dodge Avenger near the Nevada County fairgrounds, except instead of being red, the vehicle was painted white. The deputy began following the vehicle to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver fled away down Old Auburn Rd. to Hidden Valley and Twin Star Lane where the driver eventually crashed .
The deputy chased the suspect through some thick manzanita and some back yards before he lost the suspect. At that time he requested additional units and the CHP helicopter and a K-9 unit joined the search.
A shotgun was located in the vehicle that may also have been used during the burglary at the Northern Queen Inn when the car, which was a rental, was taken. The vehicle is being processed for evidence and the investigation is ongoing.