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Man arrested for DUI after high-speed chase, FCSO says

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REEDLEY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — A Reedley man was arrested after taking a deputy on a high-speed chase while under the influence on Monday afternoon, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy patrolling the area of Smith and Adams avenues in Parlier observed a man speeding in a black Chevy Impala.  The deputy turned on his lights and siren and got the driver to pull over.  

The man was identified as John Mathison, 41, of Reedley.

Once the deputy was near the driver’s door, the deputy realized Mathison was drunk and ordered him out of the car.  Instead, Mathison began to cuss the deputy, all while taking sips from a beer.

Mathison then took off, leading the deputy on a pursuit. He reached speeds of 100 mph as he headed south on Lac Jac Avenue, driving out of the deputy’s sight, the sheriff’s office says. Eventually, the deputy called off the chase for safety concerns of others on the road.

The deputy continued driving in the direction of the suspect. FSCO says the deputy found Mathison’s wrecked car in an orchard, along with a woman who had crashed into a tree.  Her entire driver’s side was wiped out.

The woman was pinned inside her car, suffering injuries to her legs. She was taken to the hospital.

Before leaving, the victim told investigators Mathison passed her and as he was cutting back into her lane, he clipped the front of her small white car, causing it to spin off the road.

Mathison was not badly hurt and was arrested. He faces charges of DUI, evading police, and crashing his vehicle, which resulted in the injury of another person.

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