FAIRFIELD — Solano County Deputy Sheriff Rick Mroz remained hospitalized Thursday after a Wednesday night crash that occurred during a high-speed chase.
The extent of his injuries has not been released, but they were described after the crash as not life-threatening.
The crash happened about 7:36 p.m. at Highway 12 and Pennsylvania Avenue. Mroz was pursuing a stolen car.
One suspect, Desiree Bello, 20, of Antioch, was arrested after a short foot chase and booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of evading a peace officer, causing injury to a peace officer, possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest.
Her bail was set at $70,000. She is scheduled to be in court Monday.
The second suspect, Edward Asis, 27, of Concord, also fled the scene. He was found about 90 minutes later with the assistance of a California Highway Patrol helicopter. He faces the same allegations and has the same bail amount. Asis is also scheduled to be in court Monday.
Mroz was on patrol when he saw the white 1998 Honda Civic traveling on Highway 12, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said the driver did not yield to Mroz’s lights and siren and began accelerating to high speeds.
The driver of the Honda lost control while trying a turn on to Pennsylvania Avenue from Highway 12 and ended up in a field. Mroz tried to make the same turn and crashed into a light pole at the intersection. The pole fell to the ground.
The Fairfield Fire Department extricated Mroz from the patrol car. He was transported via ambulance to a local hospital. Mroz has been a deputy sheriff with Solano County for seven months, according to a press release from the Solano County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office is handling the stolen vehicle investigation. The Fairfield Police Department is handling the crash investigation.
Highway 12 was closed for several hours in both directions from Pennsylvania Avenue to Beck Avenue.
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