Mammoth man pepper sprayed, arrested after high speed chase in town

A Mammoth man was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk after he led police on a high speed chase through Mammoth last Thursday, then had to be pepper sprayed before he could be arrested.

According to the Mono County Sheriff’s department, the office first received a call from an employee at the McDonald’s in Mammoth Lakes on Thursday, March 27 at about 8:20 p.m. reporting a possible drunk driver in their drive thru.

Deputies responded and saw a black pickup truck speeding through the parking lot of the restaurant onto Sierra Park Road. The driver then turned onto outbound S.R. 203 and quickly accelerated. Deputies tried to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The truck quickly turned onto Meridian Blvd and proceeded onto Commerce Dr., where the truck stopped in a driveway.

Law enforcement made contact with the driver, Jason Martin, 45, but he resisted resisted arrest. He was warned that if he continued to resist arrest and not comply with the deputies and officers instructions, he would be pepper sprayed. He continued to resist arrest and was subsequently pepper sprayed so deputies and officers could gain control over him.

He was placed under arrest and transported to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department for medical evaluation by Mono County Paramedics. While being evaluated, Martin provided a breath sample with an alcohol screening test of 0.20 percent; more than three times the .08% legal limit.

Martin was medically cleared and transported to the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport without further incident, where he is currently in custody with all charges pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.