Fairfield police arrested a Tracy man Tuesday morning on suspicion of auto theft after a pursuit between Fairfield and Rio Vista. Fairfield Community Service Officer Kathy Ramblas spotted a 2004 Honda Civic that had been reported stolen out of Stockton on Thursday as she traveled on Kidder Ave. around 8:15 a.m., Officer Cleo Mayoral said. The driver fled from responding officers and pulled into an apartment complex in the 1400 block of Phoenix Drive, Mayoral said. The driver got out of the Honda with a loaded shotgun and discarded it in the bushes before stealing a 1997 Ford Explorer that was unoccupied with its engine running, Mayoral said. Officer Hank McCoy spotted the Explorer and police pursued it through Fairfield and Suisun City onto state Highway 12, Mayoral said. A California Highway Patrol fixed-wing plane followed the Explorer allowing patrol cars to back off the pursuit, Mayoral said. The driver of the Explorer drove down a gravel road off state Highway 12 just west of Rio Vista and surrendered, Mayoral said. Lane Henry Bryant, 37, a transient from the Tracy area, was on parole for auto theft and was wanted by the California Department of Corrections for a parole violation, Mayoral said. He was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, auto theft, being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm and a parole violation, Mayoral said.
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