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A parolee wanted in Pinole for a fraud offense was arrested in the attic of a Fairfield apartment after a high-speed chase along Interstate Highway 80 Thursday. Pinole police Chief John Hardester said Xavier Watson, 21, of Fairfield, tried to pass a fictitious check using his own identification at the Chase Bank at 1541 Fitzgerald Drive in Pinole around 1:15 p.m.
Watson was gone when Pinole police arrived at the bank but bank employees gave a description of Watson’s green two-door Honda, Hardester said. Police broadcast the vehicle description over the dispatch center they share with Hercules police, Hardester said. Hercules police officers spotted Watson’s Honda and informed Fairfield police he was heading east on Highway 80 at 1:38 p.m., Fairfield police Lt. Joe Allio said.
The California Highway Patrol joined the pursuit that reached speeds as high as 90 mph and also monitored Watson’s flight by plane. Watson exited the highway at Air Base Parkway in Fairfield and drove to the Parkway Gardens apartments on El Basset Court where he either had a previous address or a contact, Allio said Watson ran into an apartment and Fairfield police tried to contact him on his cell phone and the phone in the apartment, Allio said.
Police also used a public address system to urge Watson to surrender, but two officers eventually entered the apartment, Allio said. The two officers determined Watson was in the attic above the apartment, Allio said. Other officers used a battering ram to enter the next-door apartment that shared the same attic space, Allio said. The two officers then fired pepper spray balls in powder form and entered the attic.
Watson was found hiding under insulation and was arrested at 3:31 p.m., Allio said. He was booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of a parole violation and evading police, Allio said. Hardester said Pinole police also will add charges against Watson.
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