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A Novato man with three outstanding arrest warrants was arrested for vehicle theft after a brief standoff with police Tuesday night, a Novato police lieutenant said. A patrol vehicle equipped with an Automatic License Plate Recognition system located a Ford F150 that was stolen from San Anselmo at the Vintage Oaks shopping center around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Lt. Jennifer Welch said.
The Ford, occupied by two people, drove away and did not yield when police tried to stop it at Rowland and South Novato boulevards, Welch said. Officers pursued the vehicle to the 1400 block of Donna Street where 42-year-old Johnny Allen Morris, of Novato, ran from the vehicle, Welch said. Oksana Elizabeth Collins, 21, of Novato, the other occupant of the vehicle, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and of drug paraphernalia and for vehicle theft, Welch said.
Police searched for Morris with a dog and an infrared camera but did not find him, Welch said. On Wednesday police found Morris in a residence on Clay Court, and after a brief confrontation and negotiation with the police department’s crisis negotiator, Morris surrendered, Welch said. Morris was arrested for vehicle theft, evading a police officer, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property, having three outstanding warrants and a parole violation.
Morris and Collins were booked in the Marin County jail. Welch said the Automatic License Plate Recognition system was recently installed on three patrol vehicles and is used on a daily basis to find stolen vehicles in Novato.
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