A young man who was under the influence of methamphetamine led Petaluma police on a brief pursuit around several blocks of southwestern Petaluma on Sunday night before he was arrested, according to police Sgt. Andrew Urton.Shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday, police attempted to stop a vehicle that was speeding down East Washington Street and ran a red light, Urton said.The driver and only person in the car, 20-year-old Vallejo resident Vincent Rones, Jr., accelerated to 50 mph in a 25 mph zone of downtown Petaluma in an effort to evade police officers, Urton said.As he was chased by an officer whose emergency lights and siren were on, Rones ran two additional red lights and drove westbound in the eastbound lanes of East Washington Street, Urton said.When he reached the intersection of Washington and Howard streets, Rones tried to make a U-turn, Urton said.Several other officers had responded to assist in the chase and the police cars came together in a formation of three to surround Rones and pin him in a corner, Urton said.As officers asked Rones to get out of the vehicle at gunpoint and show that he was not carrying any weapons, he showed signs of being under the influence of a stimulant, Urton said.The suspect had trouble answering basic questions such as why he was driving so erratically and why he fled the police, Urton said. Rones admitted during the interview that he had been smoking methamphetamine, Urton said.When officers searched Rones’ vehicle, they found a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine and a small amount of the narcotic inside in the vehicle, Urton said.Rones was arrested on suspicion of evading a peace officer, being under the influence of a controlled substance,possessing a controlled substance, driving under the influence of narcotics, possessing drug paraphernalia,and vandalizing a police vehicle, Urton said.The final charge stems from Rones kicking out the side rear window of the police cruiser as he was being transported to the Sonoma County jail, where his bail is currently set at $30,000, Urton said.
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