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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