An attempt to stop a driver from speeding in Santa Rosa led to a chase reaching speeds of 100 mph early this morning, police said. At about 1:30 a.m., an officer attempted to stop a 2002 BMW on Steele Lane for allegedly traveling at about 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. Instead of yielding, the driver of the BMW made a U-turn and fled, eventually accelerating to about 100 mph with the officer in pursuit.
The BMW driver eluded two police cars before striking a light pole near the intersection of Marlow Road and Steele Lane, police said. When police arrived at the intersection, a citizen told officers the driver fled on foot south on Marlow Road. An officer and his canine partner located the suspect in the bushes about 150 yards from the site of the crash.
Police said the suspect was allegedly under the influence of alcohol. Police have identified the suspect as Francisco Arroyo, 26, of Santa Rosa. Arroyo was on felony and misdemeanor probation and was booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of felony evading police, driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting arrest.
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