Solano County Sheriff issues press release on stolen vehicle arrest
Originally published via Facebook by the Solano County Sheriff’s Office:
“On Tuesday afternoon, Fairfield, CA Police Department attempted to stop a car after a records check revealed it was reporter as “Stolen”. The driver, (27-year-old Andrew Oefelein of Hayward) failed to stop and lead officers on a vehicle pursuit, which was quickly terminated, because Oefelein was driving with a wanton disregard for public safety. Reports state, Oefelein had barreled the stolen vehicle down city streets into opposing lanes of traffic in an attempt to flee, placing both FFPD officers and citizens in harms way.
Shortly afterwards, members of Patrol Team #1, believed they had located Oefelein and the stolen car in the area of Pena Adobe Park. When deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop, Oefelein for second time that afternoon, increased his speed and failed to stop.
A short vehicle pursuit ensued, but was once again terminated by law enforcement, when Oefelein and the stolen vehicle veered the wrong way (westbound) onto the eastbound off ramp of Interstate 80 at Pena Adobe.
Oefelein continued to drive the stolen car westbound down Interstate 80 in the opposite direction of travel for approximately 1/2 a mile.
Ultimately Oefelein drove the stolen car through a fence along the roadway and came to rest at the dead end of Nelson Road.
CHP – Golden Gate Division Air Operations responded to the location and ultimately located the vehicle and observed Oefelein running from the scene. CHP – Golden Gate Division Air Operations hovered above and safely kept their helicopter’s cameras fixed on Oefelein, who was hiding in a large grove of trees. CHP – Golden Gate Division Air Operations were able to direct our deputies to his exact location, where he was safely taken into custody without further incident.”