Deputy injured during high-speed chase on Highway 12

By From page A3 | January 02, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A high-speed chase on Highway 12 ended in a crash involving a Solano County Sheriff’s vehicle and the arrests of two suspects.

The deputy had to be extricated from his car and was taken to a local  hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries, said Daryl Snedeker, public information officer for the Solano County Sheriff’s Office.

The pursuit began when the deputy spotted a stolen car on westbound Highway 12 and began pursuit, Snedeker said. The vehicle exited the highway at Chadbourne Road then got back on Highway 12, heading eastbound at excessive speeds.

The driver of the stolen car attempted a right-hand turn onto Pennsylvania Avenue and failed to make the turn. The patrol car hit a stoplight pole that stood on a small concrete island at the intersection. The pole was toppled. The suspect’s car ended up in a nearby field.

The two occupants in the stolen car fled. One, a female, was quickly captured. A California Highway patrol helicopter, with infrared sensors, was used to search for the second suspect, a male. He was apprehended about 90 minutes later.

Snedeker didn’t release the deputy’s name, only saying that he was young. He said the deputy’s family, as well as Solano County Sheriff Tom Ferrara, were at the hospital with the deputy.

Both suspects, described as young adults, were taken to another local hospital to be cleared medically, Snedeker said. The deputy was taken via ambulance. The suspects were taken to the hospital in patrol cars.

Several law enforcement agencies were on the scene including the Fairfield Fire Department, Fairfield Police Department, the California Highway Patrol and the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, which is handling the stolen vehicle investigation. Fairfield police will investigate the accident, Snedeker said.

Eastbound traffic on Highway 12 was diverted onto Pennsylvania Avenue. Motorists attempting to reach eastbound Highway 12 via Pennsylvania Avenue were rerouted at Woolner Avenue.

Both directions of Highway 12 were closed between Pennsylvania and Beck avenues. The pursuit began about 7:30 p.m. Officers were still on the scene three hours later and the lanes on Highway 12 were still closed.

This is the second time in two months Highway 12 has been closed. In early November, Fairfield police pursued a stabbing suspect who turned on officers and was shot. The suspect died at the scene.The highway was closed for more than five hours during that incident.

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Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 02, 2014 - 7:48 am

    This is why PD rarely engages in chases anymore, too risky. Hope the young officer recovers and gets back to work soon.

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  • StreetwiseJanuary 02, 2014 - 10:18 am

    Too risky!? Isn't it their Job? Isn't that why they make the big bucks, with big benefits? But your right CD, it is safer sippin coffee at Starbucks.

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  • LilJanuary 02, 2014 - 10:41 am

    You don't actually sound very streetwise. It is too risky because the person being chased could end up hitting an innocent person. Lives being endangered is not worth it just to recover a stolen car.

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  • Christine in FFJanuary 02, 2014 - 10:56 am

    I agree with the safety aspect of this but I have to say it has absolutely nothing to do with recovering the stolen vehicle rather than taking a criminal off the streets!

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  • StreetwiseJanuary 02, 2014 - 11:51 am

    This never entered a residential area which is when cops will sometime call off the chase. Lil, would you prefer the cops just wave off the driver of a stolen car and then proceed to Starbucks for their Latte & Cream Cheese Bagel? How many times have you read that they recover a stolen gun as well when they finally stop these bad guys? I know a couple of Cops & they actually enjoy the chase. They get to drive around with them flashy lights going & let's not forget that loud thingy. And I don’t mean the passing of the gas due to that whole wheat bagel.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 02, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    I don't really care for the coffee and donut references. Most chases are called-off for the safety of everyone, officer included. In fact in my nearly twenty years of night traveling through this city with a scanner, I remember many being called off. My favorite was a person was driving 120 MPH on I-80 and crossed under the Travis overpass, it was wild! There was actually a while there over a period of months when a guy(?) on a Moto Guzzi would deliberately come out and mess with the cops. Don't believe they ever caught him?

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  • StreetwiseJanuary 02, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    Hey, I was being nice, I said Bagel not Donut. Moto Guzzi eh. Well that's where he had the advantage. Those things tend to bleed out oil so the cops probably had to call of the chase due to the oil film on their windshields. My favorite was told to me by a cop friend. He told me that a fellow cop failed to pull the spike strip. That ended the chase for I believe three or four cruisers. Wonder if that guy is still getting razzed for that.

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  • Rich GiddensJanuary 02, 2014 - 8:26 am

    Another welfare society / police state success story! Isn't this place and it's animal people great?

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