A Pennsylvania man was extremely high on drugs when he allegedly tried to carjack several vehicles in Santa Rosa Thursday morning, a Sonoma County sheriff’s sergeant said.
A man, later identified as Troy David Dudas, 37, was walking in traffic on Cleveland Avenue near Starbucks on Hopper Avenue when he jumped on the hood of someone’s vehicle, Sgt. Michael Raasch said.
When the man jumped a fence and allegedly tried to stop vehicles on U.S. Highway 101, the sheriff’s dispatch center began receiving 911 calls, Raasch said.
Sheriff’s office detectives were driving north on Old Redwood Highway near the Mendocino Avenue on-ramp in Santa Rosa around 8:20 a.m. when they noticed several cars were stopped on the highway.
Detectives saw the suspect trying to get in three vehicles that had stopped in the No. 1 lane because he was walking on the highway, Raasch said.
Raasch said he and detective Ryan Russell jumped over a six-foot fence to contact the suspect while detective Sean Jones drove onto the highway.
The detectives noticed the suspect was extremely high on drugs, and after a short struggle they handcuffed him.
When patrol officers in uniform responded to help the detectives, the suspect became “violently restive” and was placed in maximum restraints, Raasch said.
The suspect was foaming at the mouth and not making sense, Raasch said. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital for evaluation. When medically cleared he will be booked in the county jail on suspicion of attempted carjacking, Raasch said.