Freezing Criminals Turn Themselves In After Evading Officers

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EL DORADO COUNTY —

Two criminals called 911 in fear of freezing to death in the mountains after evading authorities for several hours Friday.

El Dorado County Deputies, CHP, U.S. Forest Service Officers and a California Fish and Wildlife Officer were chasing Tristen Crossland, 30, and Derek Dion, 32, near Wright’s Lake Road and Highway 50 after they fled on foot during an attempted traffic stop Friday morning.

The two men dodged officers by crossing the river into a snowy canyon.

An officer yelled to the two men that they were in danger of freezing but they continued to flee into the forest.

At 8:40 p.m. the men called and surrendered. A search group including El Dorado Sheriff’s SWAT, Dive Team, and Search and Rescue began a search of the area.

The search group found and rescued the men at 9:17 a.m. Saturday. The suspects suffered from severe hypothermia and frostbite.

Both suspects were treated and turned over to Fish and Wildlife Officers for arrest.