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* Mark Inthilatvongsy Arrested by Santa Rosa Police after Alleged Pursuit and Assault

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A Santa Rosa man was arrested on several felony charges after a police pursuit in Sonoma County Sunday night. Santa Rosa police said Mark Inthilatvongsy, 35, rammed his Ford F150 pickup into three patrol vehicles narrowly missing two officers and assaulted a police dog. Police shot Inthilatvongsy with a bean bag shotgun several times and with Tasers before he was subdued and arrested. The chase began when Officer John Metemer tried to stop the pickup for speeding around 8:30 p.m. in the area of Maple and Hendley avenues in Santa Rosa. The truck sped off through several red lights and onto northbound U.S. Highway 101. On Baker Avenue the truck made a U-turn and accelerated toward patrol vehicles, striking one and narrowly missing another, police said. Inthilatvongsy drove back onto Highway 101 and onto eastbound state Highway 12 to Farmer’s Lane where Sgt. Michael Heiser tried to stop the truck, police said. The truck spun slightly and landed against a curb on a westbound state Highway off-ramp. Inthilatvongsy did not comply with orders to get out of the truck and drove in reverse into a patrol vehicle and narrowly missing an officer, police said. The truck then drove west on Highway 12 then south on Highway 101 with police, the California Highway Patrol and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office in pursuit, police said. Both front tires of the truck where flattened when the CHP deployed spike strips on Highway 101 at Pepper Road and the truck crashed into a guardrail as it tried to exit Highway 101 at East Washington Street in Petaluma, police said. Police released the dog when Inthilatvongsy refused to get out of the truck. Inthilatvongsy assaulted the dog and was then shot with bean bags and Tasers. He was admitted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, evading police, assaulting a police dog and assaulting a police officer. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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