Sex offender eludes cops after high-speed chase 

Police on Tuesday night were still searching for a paroled sex offender who managed to evade them after a high-speed chase through the Sunset district and Lake Merced neighborhood.

A parole officer spotted Matthew Thrasher, 34, in his gold Toyota Corolla around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday near Great Highway and Lincoln Way, according to police Officer Samson Chan. Thrasher was wanted for a parole violation. He was convicted in 2007 in San Mateo County for pimping a 20-year-old developmentally disabled woman and is listed on the state’s sex offender registry for oral copulation with a person under 14.

The parole officer called police for backup, but when they tried to stop Thrasher, he took off. He led the officers on a high-speed chase through the Sunset district and around Lake Merced. At one point, officers said they were chasing him at 60 mph down Sloat Boulevard.

After about 20 minutes, police reduced their pursuit of Thrasher as traffic became a concern. They continued to patrol the area and found his car abandoned on Moraga Street somewhere between 31st and 35th avenues, Chan said. Thrasher is believed to be armed.

Police continued to scour the neighborhood for any sign of Thrasher and sent units to his mother’s house at 48th Avenue and Irving Street, but had not found him as of 8 p.m. Tuesday.

According to news archives, Thrasher and another man were arrested in 2006 after San Carlos police used an OnStar global positioning system to trace a stolen rental car to a hotel. Police found the men at the hotel with a mentally challenged woman they had allegedly convinced to come to the Bay Area from Stockton and were using as a prostitute.

According to the state’s sex offender registry, Thrasher has been in violation of registration requirements since December.

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