On Saturday, September 15, 2012, at approximately 6:30pm, a Citrus Heights police officer located an occupied stolen vehicle near Greenback and Van Maren Lane, according to an official press release. The driver, identified as Corey Lather, 27, of San Francisco, fled from officers in the stolen vehicle.
The Citrus Heights PD reportedly began a pursuit of Lather onto Mariposa Avenue as he continued onto Challis Court, which forced Lather to turn the vehicle around as the street is a cul-de-sac. In his attempt to escape, Lather intentionally rammed a pursuing police vehicle as the officer driving was attemping to avoid a collision. The force of the collision reportedly rendered the stolen vehicle inoperable, while the officer involved in the collision sustained minor injuries and the patrol car sustained moderate damage.
Lather, who was not injured, was reportedly taken into custody without further incident and later booked into the Sacramento County Jail on suspicision of committing the following offenses:
- CVC 10851 – Taking/Possessing a vehicle without the owner consent
- CVC 2800.2 – Reckless driving with wanton disregard for public safety
- CVC 14601.1 – Driving on a Suspended License
- PC 496 – Possession of Stolen Property
- PC 245(c) – Assault With a Deadly Weapon on a Police Officer
- PC 1203.2 – Probation Violation
According to the Citrus Heights PD, Lather has been convicted of felony vehicle theft seven times and felony reckless driving four times. He had been released from California Department of Corrections (CDC Parole) pursuant to California’s Senate Bill AB109 – California Criminal Justice Realignment. At the time of arrest he was on PRCS – Post Release Community Supervision.
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