The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is searching an area of McKinleyville for Matthew Dilley, a wanted man who led them on a high speed pursuit in this morning’s early hours. The suspect, who ditched his vehicle at a property on North Bank Road, is believed to be armed and the sheriff’s office is advising area residents to be cautious and to report suspicious activity.

More from HCSO’s Samantha Karges below:

HCSO deputies were involved in a vehicle pursuit of wanted fugitive Matthew Lyle Dilley, age 34 of Arcata, at about 3:30 this morning in the Mad River Road area. The pursuit continued onto Highway 299 reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph. After losing sight of the vehicle, deputies later located the vehicle unoccupied at a property on North Bank Road. Deputies conducted a search of the property, but were unable to locate Dilley. Dilley is wanted on a Ramey Warrant for charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, battery with serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, domestic violence, stalking, exhibiting a deadly weapon and vandalism.

Dilley is described as white male adult, 5 feet 8 inches tall, approximately 175 pounds, last seen wearing a white shirt, grey sweatshirt and dark pants. Dilley is believed to be armed. Residents on North Bank Road are asked to not open their door to strangers and to report any observed suspicious persons or activity immediately.