Two Arrested After Driver Allegedly Leads Police on Pursuit in Stolen Vehicle
Photo courtesy of Cotati PD
Originally published by the Cotati Police Department:
“On January 25, 2024, at approximately 1:40 AM, Officers with the Cotati Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a vehicle for a vehicle code violation. After activating the patrol vehicles overhead emergency lights, the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed. Shortly after, the vehicle began to drive eastbound in the westbound lanes of East Cotati Avenue with its lights turned off. At this time, Officer’s terminated the pursuit due to public safety concerns; however, the Officers were still able to see the vehicle and continued to update the Cotati Police Department dispatch center.
The suspect vehicle continued into Rohnert Park where it entered a residential neighborhood. At this time, Officer’s re-engaged in the vehicle pursuit. Shortly after, the suspect vehicle entered a cul-de-sac where the driver exited the vehicle while it was still in motion and fled on foot. The vehicle rolled into the front yard of a residence where it ran over a mailbox and came to a complete stop.
Officer’s pursued the driver on foot and were ultimately able to detain the suspect in a nearby backyard. The driver was taken into custody without further incident. It was also learned that a female passenger had fled the vehicle. With the assistance of the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety, the female was located nearby and detained. The driver, a male subject, was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant, possession of a stolen vehicle, evading, false identification and resisting arrest. The passenger was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant. Both were booked into the Sonoma County Jail.”