FAIRFIELD — Two Fairfield residents were arrested Thursday by Vacaville police on a variety of allegations after an alleged theft at a local department store.
Officers were dispatched at about 10 p.m. to Kohl’s on Orange Drive after reports of a theft in progress. Upon arrival, officers saw the suspects leaving the store with merchandise they had allegedly stolen.
The suspects saw the police, ran to a vehicle and left the scene at a high rate of speed. Police pursued the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Keshan Branch, 42, drove the car onto the freeway in the wrong direction. The pursuit ended in the interest of public safety, a press release said. A short time later, the same vehicle was driving eastbound on Interstate 80, with the flow of traffic. Another attempt was made to stop the car.
Branch then led officers on a second, short, high-speed pursuit, exiting on Meridian Road and losing control as he tried to turn onto the overpass, police said. The vehicle hit a tree and Branch fled on foot.
Rosoce, a K-9 officer, found Branch hiding nearby bushes, police said. Branch allegedly tried to injure the K-9 before he was taken into custody, police said.
Branch, who is on active probation, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, felony evading, probation violations, assault on a police K-9, obstruction of a peace officer, driving with a suspended license, stolen vehicle and hit and run.
A passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Melinda Collins, 30, was taken into custody without incident after the vehicle hit the tree. She is also on active probation, the press release said.
The car was reported stolen from Vallejo.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Vacaville Police Department at 449-5200.
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