The California Highway Patrol arrested a Santa Rosa man Thursday after he allegedly stole a car on Sebastopol Road in unincorporated Sonoma County outside Santa Rosa.
Anthony Perry is suspected of stealing a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier around 9 p.m. Thursday. The Chevrolet owner said he arrived home, opened the gate to his driveway, drove in and walked back to close the gate when he saw a man jump over a fence in his yard, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said. The intruder jumped into the Chevrolet and drove out of the driveway, Sloat said.
CHP Officer Josh Phillips was patrolling on southbound Stony Point Road near Millbrae Avenue around 9:20 p.m. when he saw a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier tailgating another vehicle, Sloat said. The Chevrolet driver sped past another vehicle when Phillips tried to stop the car, Sloat said. Phillips pursued the Chevrolet east on state Highway 116 and onto southbound U.S. Highway 101, Sloat said. The Chevrolet driver lost control of the car on the East Washington Street off-ramp in Petaluma and hit a guardrail and a street sign, Sloat said.
Perry was removed from the Chevrolet at gunpoint and arrested. The CHP then contacted the car’s owner and learned it had just been stolen, Sloat said. Perry was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, medically cleared and booked into the Sonoma County jail for felony vehicle theft and reckless evasion and misdemeanor driving without a license, Sloat said.
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