Man steals car, leads cops on high speed chase, arrested at gun point

An Quartz Hill man who stole a car, nearly hit a law enforcement officer with it, and led cops on a high speed chase on U.S. 395 on Aug. 10 was finally arrested at gun point near Lone Pine after spike strips on the road disabled the vehicle he was driving.

The man, Evan Robert Furubotten, 25, Quartz Hill, California, is now in the Inyo County Jail.

The incident occurred at about 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10 when Inyo County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Ranch House Cafe in Olancha on the report of a "suspicious subject" refusing to leave.

While Sheriff’s Deputies were in route, they learned that Furubotten had left the Ranch House Cafe and was heading northbound on U.S. Highway 395 in a stolen, white Toyota sedan.

Deputies located the vehicle on northbound U.S. 395 at Cottonwood Road and attempted to initiate an enforcement stop.

Furubotten failed to yield and proceeded northbound at a high rate of speed. Deputies pursued Furubotten to just south of Lone Pine, but due to the heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic, the pursuit was terminated.

Furubotten was located just north of Lone Pine and deputies resumed the pursuit. Furubotten continued to flee at high speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The pursuit was turned over to the California Highway Patrol and deputies continued to assist as secondary units.

Spike Strips were positioned on Highway 395 near Fish Springs Road. As Furubotten approached the area of Fish Springs Road, he swerved towards an Inyo County Sheriff’s deputy, nearly colliding with the patrol unit; at this time, Furubotten collided with a concrete barrier and the vehicle went off the east side of U.S. 395.

After exiting the vehicle he was taken into custody at gun point without further incident.

Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Furubotten for 10851(a) VC vehicle theft, 2800.2(a) VC, evading without regard for public safety, 245(a)(1) PC assault with a deadly weapon, 3056 PC violation of parole, 496(a) PC possession of stolen property, 12500 VC driving without a license.

Furubotten was booked at the Inyo County Jail for the above listed charges.