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* Joshua Wandrey A Rohnert Park man will be arraigned on auto theft, kidnapping and other charges

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A Rohnert Park man who led police on a chase up U.S. Highway 101 before his arrest near Sonoma County Fairgrounds on Thursday will be arraigned on auto theft, kidnapping and other charges Monday.Joshua Wandrey, 18, is suspected of stealing a Honda Accord in Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa police Sgt. Michael Lazzarini said. He failed to yield to a traffic stop in Rohnert Park and sped north on Highway 101 around 12:20 p.m. with police in pursuit.Wandrey exited the highway and drove onto state Highway 12. The pursuit ended at Bennett Valley Road and Brookwood Avenue when Wandrey lost control of the Honda and struck two vehicles stopped at a traffic light, Lazzarini said.A passenger in the Honda, Caressa Hearp, 29, of Rohnert Park, was injured and admitted to a hospital. She claimed she was being held in the Honda against her will, Lazzarini said.The drivers of the two other vehicles suffered minor injuries and were treated and released from the hospital.Wandrey ran from the crash into the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and officers from Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol searched for him for more than two hours, Lazzarini said.Fairgrounds employees spotted Wandrey, wearing several plastic garbage bags, running through the fairgrounds around 3:30 p.m. and Santa Rosa police arrested him on Lee Street. Wandrey was booked into the Sonoma County jail for auto theft, possessing stolen property, evading arrest, kidnapping, and committing felonies while out on bail, Lazzarini said. His bail was set at $750,000.The Sonoma County Auto Theft Task Force believes Wandrey was involved in several other recent auto thefts and investigations by county law enforcement agencies could result in additional charges, Lazzarini said.

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