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A man accused of stalking his former partner was recently arrested after a pursuit involving authorities from multiple counties.
According to a press release by the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a reported burglary on the 2200 block of Swaisy Drive in Linda in the early hours of November 2. The victim reported to deputies that her ex-boyfriend had broken the back door’s glass to gain entry but had left the scene before their arrival.
The victim identified the suspect as 52-year-old Tawn Saephan of Sacramento. Soon after police arrived, Saephan reportedly returned to the residence in a silver Toyota Camry but fled when he noticed law enforcement at the scene. Officers pursued Saephan from the scene.
At the same time, other deputies deployed a spike strip at Erle Road and Lindhurst Avenue, which damaged the Saephan’s vehicle but failed to stop him. Saephan continued southbound on Highway 70 at speeds reaching 90 mph. The pursuit ran for over 45 miles and approximately 50 minutes, involving multiple law enforcement agencies, including Sutter and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Sutter County Sheriff’s deputies placed a second spike strip at SR-99 and Howsley Road, nearly deflating the suspect’s tires down to the rims.
The pursuit ultimately concluded on 34th Street near the Highway 50 on-ramp in Sacramento, where Saephan attempted to flee on foot. When Saephan reportedly refused multiple commands to stop, a K-9 officer was deployed to assist in the arrest.
Saephan sustained injuries from the K-9 and was transported to UC Davis Medical Center for medical clearance. Upon clearance, he will be booked into the Yuba County jail on suspicion of stalking, burglary, felony vehicle pursuit, resisting arrest, and assaulting a police K-9.
No other injuries were reported during the pursuit. It was unclear at press time whether Saephan had retained an attorney.