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Mendocino County man arrested after 100-mph chase

Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10:58 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10:58 a.m.

A Mendocino County man led authorities on a pursuit into Potter Valley late Monday night before driving into the Eel River and trying to flee on foot through the water.

It was later learned that William Jackson IV, 33, was wanted on suspicion of domestic violence and kidnapping. He was captured and taken into custody after a lengthy, multi-agency chase, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said.

Jackson, who had an outstanding arrest warrant from Mendocino County and was on felony probation on a Santa Clara County domestic battery case, was being held without bail at the Mendocino County Jail, authorities said.

The sheriff's office said Jackson was driving on Talmage Road outside Ukiah when deputies saw him drive through a stop sign shortly before 11 p.m. Monday. When they attempted to stop his Honda Accord, the driver accelerated, launching a pursuit that reached 100 mph on Highway 101, as CHP and Ukiah police joined the chase, authorities said.

Jackson took the eastbound Highway 20 exit toward Lake County and continued speeding and weaving unsafely through oncoming traffic, the sheriff's office said. He then headed north on Potter Valley Road at approximately 65 mph, the sheriff's office said.

Jackson ended up on Old Logging Road off Van Arsdale Road, drove to the river bank and into the river before abandoning the car and getting caught, authorities said.

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