Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies arrested a local transient on suspicion of vehicle theft after a 23-minute pursuit over 13 miles in northwest Santa Rosa on Tuesday, a sheriff’s sergeant said.
A sheriff’s deputy noticed a white Acura Integra in the parking lot of a motel on Cleveland Avenue around 11:15 p.m. that Santa Rosa police had reported stolen.
The deputy alerted auto theft task force detectives, who arrived and placed the car under surveillance, Sgt. Cecile Focha said.
The car sped away around 11:50 p.m. through a red light at Cleveland Avenue and Guerneville Road and accelerated to 85 mph, Focha said.
Santa Rosa police and the California Highway Patrol joined the pursuit as the car drove recklessly through red lights and stop signs and swerved around vehicles, Focha said. Twenty police vehicles eventually were involved in the chase, she said.
The driver drove over spike strips on Piner Road but kept driving at speeds of up to 90 mph on punctured tires to Woolsey Road where the right front tire came off the rim, Focha said.
The car continued to River Road and onto Argonne Way, where it left the road and became stuck in the soft dirt shoulder. The male driver and a female passenger then fled the vehicle, Focha said.
The driver was identified as Michael Brandon Campbell, a 33-year-old Santa Rosa-area transient. Campbell slid down a hillside to Trenton Road and jumped into a creek where he was caught.
The female passenger, Pearl Pia Von Renner, 19, of Guerneville, also was quickly apprehended near the Acura, Focha said.
Campbell was out on bail for vehicle theft and had no valid license. He was booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and recklessly evading police, Focha said.
Von Renner was booked into jail on suspicion of possession of stolen property and resisting arrest, Focha said. Both are scheduled to be arraigned in Sonoma County Superior Court Thursday afternoon.
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