Stealing Gas From Cars Leads To High Speed Chase and Suspect Arrest
Alert citizens in the vicinity of Richard Place, a cul-de-sac near Elmira Road in East Vacaville, observed Christopher Joseph Allen Edwards, 32 of Fairfield, stealing gas from parked vehicles. When last seen, Edwards had driven off in a silver Pontiac. Earlier that morning of Monday, March 16, Vacaville Police were alerted to a similarly described vehicle allegedly involved in theft of mail from residences along Cavan Court and Stirling Drive off of Nut Tree Road.
As the silver Pontiac left the suburban neighborhood and entered Leisure Town Road, a Vacaville police officer spotted it and attempted a traffic stop. Instead of pulling over, the suspect fled the area at high speed, southbound on Leisure Town Road. The officer pursued, but soon broke off the chase at Alamo Drive due to safety concerns.
The suspect vehicle continued onto southbound Vanden Road. Officers were able to keep it in sight as it sped on into Fairfield and down Peabody. Suddenly the vehicle turned sharply through the center median bushes of Airbase Parkway and crossed into oncoming traffic lanes. At that point the suspect abandoned the vehicle and tried to escape on foot.
However, he was quickly apprehended by officers from Vacaville PD, Fairfield PD, and the Solano County Sheriff’s Department. The silver Pontiac Edwards abandoned had been reported stolen out of Fairfield earlier that day. Edwards was also in illegal possession of mail and pepper spray. He was also charged with resisting arrest. Edwards had been arrested just a month prior by Fairfield Police for trespassing by driving on private property at a home near Fairfield High School.