LOS BANOS, Calif. (KTXL) -- Nearly $1 million in cash was dumped on a Central California road during a police chase that ended with the arrests of two New York men who apparently planned to buy marijuana with the money, the California Highway Patrol said.
The chase began shortly before 6:30 p.m. when a CHP officer tried to stop one of three black SUVs that appeared to be traveling together on Interstate 5 south of Los Banos in Merced County, authorities said.
A Chevrolet Suburban stopped on the shoulder of the road at one point and the driver got out, dumped two cardboard boxes and then took off again before finally stopping for good, the CHP said.
The driver of the Suburban and a second SUV that was stopped in traffic were both taken into custody, but an SUV that had earlier tried to block a pursuing officer escaped, authorities said.
Officers retrieved the boxes and located about $915,000 cash, the Merced Sun-Star reported. Officers also located walkie talkies in the suspect vehicles. It was later determined the three drivers were using them to communicate during the pursuit.