By Bay City News Service
A Vallejo man was arrested after a lengthy car chase in Solano County this morning, a Solano County Sheriffs' Deputy said.
Deputies attempted to make a traffic stop in unincorporated Vallejo at about 2:30 a.m. but the driver of the car accelerated away, Deputy Daryl Snedeker said. The chase started at slow speeds, topping out at about 40 miles per hour through parts of unincorporated Solano County and the city of Vallejo, Snedeker said.
The suspect, a 41-year-old Vallejo man, entered westbound Interstate 80, then went onto eastbound Interstate 780 for one exit to Cedar Street before getting back on I-80 heading east, Snedeker said.
Snedeker said that when the chase resumed on I-80, speeds reached 90 miles per hour. The chase covered about six miles before the driver exited at Marine World Parkway, and began heading west on state Highway 37, he said. When the suspect exited I-80, he tossed a shotgun out the window, which deputies later retrieved, Snedeker said.
The chase continued on westbound Highway 37 and the driver exited just before the Mare Island Causeway Bridge, Snedeker said. Two deputies were following him, and one struck a big-rig at the off-ramp in the area of Wilson Avenue and Sacramento Street, he said. Deputies lost the driver near Tennessee Street, but soon found the car abandoned in the first block of Edgemont Avenue in Vallejo, Snedeker said. Believing the man had gone inside a home on Edgemont Avenue, authorities set up a perimeter around the residence and arrested him at about 5 a.m., Snedeker said.
The man was arrested on suspicion of evading police, as well as traffic and gun violations, Snedeker said. His has not been released. Another man, a 28-year-old who was in the home at the time of the arrest, was also arrested for violating probation and possession of contraband, he said. Snedeker said the deputy involved in the crash was taken to a hospital but has since been released. The California Highway Patrol and Vallejo Police also participated in the chase, Snedeker said.