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Santa Rosa police arrested a man for assaulting his girlfriend this morning after he crashed during a police pursuit, a police sergeant said. The female victim called police around 9:20 a.m. to report her boyfriend assaulted her in a car in West Santa Rosa, Sgt. Lisa Banayat said. The suspect stopped the car and drove away, but the victim saw him driving in the area as she was being interviewed by a police officer, Banayat said.
Another officer located the suspect’s red 1992 Ford Ranger near the intersection of State Farm Drive and Cleveland Avenue, Banayat said. The suspect eluded a traffic stop and drove north on Range Avenue then east on Bicentennial Way where he entered southbound U.S. Highway 101, Banayat said. The suspect drove at approximately 95 mph and began to exit at College Avenue. As he tried to pass traffic on the right, he collided with a stalled, unoccupied vehicle on the right shoulder of the off-ramp to College Avenue, Banayat said.
The suspect abandoned his car and ran to the area of 11th and Ripley streets where he surrendered to another police officer, Banayat said. Daniel Ward, 28, a transient, was arrested for battery of a spouse, fleeing a police officer, failing to stop after an accident causing property damage, driving on a suspended or revoked license, resisting or obstructing an officer and violating his probation on drug charges, Banayat said.
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