PLACERVILLE, CA - Police arrested a man after he led them on a high speed chase with his toddler in the backseat Wednesday afternoon.
Placerville police responded to the Safeway parking lot around 12:30 p.m. for a probation search on Paul Deoecampo after he was reportedly seen in the area, police spokesperson Juliann Shackelford said.
While officers talked to Deocampo, he refused commands and started his car. One of the officers reached into the car through the driver's side door to try and stop Deocampo from driving off. Instead, Deocampo drove away and dragged the officer about 10 feet before he was able to break free from the car.
Shackelford said Deocampo then sped out of the parking lot and the officers followed in pursuit.
Deocampo drove across Highway 50 to Motherloade Drive then sped westbound on Motherlode Drive at 100 mph. Shackelford said Deocampo was allegedly weaving in and out of both lanes of traffic and ignoring traffic control lights. Officers pursuing Deocampo had their lights and sirens on during the chase.
Deocampo lead officers to Shingle Springs, where he got onto eastbound Highway 50 at Ponderosa Road. He eventually ended the chase in the parking garage of the Redhawk Casino. Shackelford said Deocampo was arrested without incident.
Officers found Deocampo's 2-year-old daughter in a child's seat in the backseat of the car. Her seat was tipped on the side because of the erratic driving.
Deocampo was booked into El Dorado County Jail for probation violation, assault on an officer, felony evasion and child endangerment.