FAIRFIELD — Some ex-cons on parole keep a low-profile until they no longer face the risk of being sent back to prison. Not parolee William R. Meyer, according to courtroom testimony Monday.
On the evening of April 21, the convicted burglar with an electronic ankle monitor strapped to his ankle was spotted driving a black Ford Mustang convertible, top down, Vacaville police officer Rod Neal testified at a probable cause hearing.
Meyer, alone in the convertible, stood out in the quiet residential neighborhood because he was burning tire rubber while doing doughnuts, creating acrid white smoke in the middle of the intersection of Beelard Drive and Marshall Road, Neal testified.
Neal said he got within about 20 yards from the spinning Mustang when he turned on his lights and siren, catching Meyer’s attention. After brief eye contact, Meyer stopped going in circles and sped off down Marshall Road, launching a police chase.
The pursuit lasted less than three minutes and after running a few stop signs it ended in front of Meyer’s home, where he was arrested at gunpoint. Neal testified that Meyer, who smelled of alcohol when arrested, had stopped the Mustang at one point in the pursuit that reached speeds of 60 mph along residential streets and had raised up both his arms, taunting Neal before taking off again.
Judge Robert Fracchia ended the hearing by ordering Meyer to stand trial and to return to court Aug. 18 when he is set to be arraigned on a felony charge of evading police.
Meyer, who is out of jail on $15,000 bail, has pleaded not guilty to the felony.
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