The driver of an allegedly stolen vehicle was arrested in the back yard of a Santa Rosa home this morning after a high-speed chase and foot pursuit, according to police. The stolen vehicle, a gold Chevrolet truck, was initially spotted shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Santa Rosa Avenue near Hearn Avenue by a Santa Rosa police officer, according to Sgt. Lisa Banayat.
The officer was initially trying to pull over another driver seen talking on a cell phone while driving, but as he pulled out and activated his emergency lights, a gold Chevy truck in front of his accelerated away, crossing the double yellow lines and passing vehicles, Banayat said. The officer pursued the truck, which had expired registration, west on Hearn Avenue at speeds of around 100 mph as it continued to swerve over the double yellow lines and pass cars.
Given the speeds and erratic driving, however, the officer discontinued pursuit and sent out a description to other responding officers. A short time later, a resident at 2615 Stony Point Road called to report that a similar truck had crashed into a front fence. The driver fled to the rear of the property, and ran west on West Hearn Avenue.
Police set up a perimeter and eventually located the suspect in a shed at the back of a house on the 2000 block of West Hearn Avenue. The suspect, an adult male who has not yet been identified, was arrested on suspicion of recklessly evading an officer. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has reported a truck stolen from the Sonoma area matching the description of the suspect vehicle. Further charges may follow in the case as the investigation continues.
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