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Richard Goldsmith seen spinning donuts in a Novato parking lot was arrested after leading officers on alleged pursuit

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A man seen spinning donuts in a Novato parking lot was arrested after leading officers on a pursuit into Sonoma County this morning, according to police. Richard Goldsmith, 32, of Novato and Canoga Park, was spotted driving recklessly in a parking lot in the 800 block of State Access Road in Novato around 7 a.m., Novato police Sgt. J. Demski said. Goldsmith fled when a patrol officer attempted a traffic stop, running red lights and stop signs and driving around stopped traffic, Demski said.

Goldsmith drove north on U.S. Highway 101 into Sonoma County where the California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit, Demski said. Goldsmith’s car was disabled with a spike strip near Golf Course Drive in Rohnert Park. He was detained by the CHP, and Novato police responded and took Goldsmith into custody, Demski said.

Goldsmith was medically cleared at Petaluma Valley Hospital. He allegedly battered one officer while resisting arrest and he was booked in the Marin County jail on suspicion of reckless evasion of a peace officer, being under the influence of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of drugs, resisting arrest, battery on a peace officer and multiple vehicle code violations, Demski said. Goldsmith also was booked on an outstanding felony warrant out of Los Angeles, Demski said.

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