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* CHP Chase Suspect For 4 hours From Oakland To Santa Rosa

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The California Highway Patrol was led on a long distance pursuit that began in Oakland Thursday night and ended early this morning in Santa Rosa, a CHP officer said.A CHP unit attempted to stop a 2009 Toyota four-door in Oakland for speeding and an unsafe lane change at around 9:45 p.m., CHP Officer Robert Haven said. The driver of the vehicle did not stop for officers, and instead got on Interstate Highway 580 at a high rate of speed.The driver took Highway 580 east over the Richmond San Rafael Bridge and continued on to northbound U.S. Highway 101 through Marin County and into Sonoma County, Haven said. During the pursuit officers deployed “spike strips” across the roadway that blew out all four of the Toyota’s tires, but the driver still refused to stop and eventually exited the highway at Santa Rosa Avenue in Santa Rosa.CHP requested assistance from Santa Rosa police, who continued to chase the suspect vehicle on city streets, Sgt. Michael Heiser said, who joined the pursuit with his K-9 partner Officer Ellsworth. Without tires, the Toyota was only able to travel around 25 mph, Heiser said, yet continued to evade several police units by leading them back and forth on a low speed chase through central Santa Rosa, primarily on state Route 12. Eventually, crowds began to line the roadway to watch the spectacle, Heiser said. Police became concerned for public safety and requested permission from CHP to perform a vehicle pit maneuver, which forced the driver to lose control of the Toyota and stop.The suspect was taken into custody nearly three hours after the pursuit began at around 12:30 a.m.The incident remains under investigation.

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