Suspect Fleeing from Deputies Apprehended with a Helicopter Assist
Photo: Contra Costa County helicopter
ANTIOCH — A suspect on probation fleeing from deputies on special patrol was arrested on January 24. The suspect was caught with assistance from a Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office helicopter.
The incident started as an attempted traffic stop by a special patrol unit that conducts proactive crime suppression. This special unit is known as the Sheriff’s Deputies J-Team.
As deputies on patrol approached the car the driver took off at a high rate of speed. The suspect was pursued through the cities of Antioch and Pittsburg, and onto Highway 4.
A helicopter was dispatched enabling deputies on the ground to terminate this dangerous pursuit. The helicopter followed the suspect to Rock Island Drive in Antioch.
Next the driver abandoned and exited the vehicle, but he didn’t get far. The helicopter pilot directed nearby ground units to his precise location. Deputies soon closed in on him.
Without further incident, the suspect identified as Denzal Ashford-Greene, 29 of Antioch, was taken into custody. He was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility and now faces a total of 12 charges. Bond for his release has been denied.
Besides his outstanding warrants, Ashford-Greene was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and evading officers. In fact, he had multiple outstanding warrants for vehicle thefts.
Ashford-Greene was also booked for possession of tear gas, driving the wrong way, and driving with a suspended license. In addition, he faces charges for burglary and several charges related to passing bad checks.