Transient man allegedly steals car, leads deputies on 20-mile pursuit

SALINAS (KRON) — A transient man is facing charges after allegedly stealing a car and leading Monterey County sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed pursuit through Salinas early Tuesday morning, sheriff’s officials said.

The started at 2:53 a.m. when sheriff’s deputies spotted a stolen Honda Accord at the intersection of E. Laurel Drive and Natividad Road in Salinas.

Deputies tried to make a traffic stop but the Honda’s driver fled. The driver then led the deputies through on a 27-minute, 20-mile pursuit along city streets and a highway, sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies were able to take custody of the driver after the vehicle eventually became disabled.

Sheriff’s officials identified Matthew Giles, 31, as the driver.

Giles, who was described as a transient, was arrested on counts of reckless evading of a police officer and unlawful taking or driving or a vehicle.

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