FAIRFIELD — One man was arrested and another escaped after police tried to pull over a stolen vehicle Friday.
The suspected driver was found in a garage after 11 a.m. near where the vehicle was earlier abandoned on the 700 block of Wren Court. Police found the man hiding in the garage after pulling 12 people from the small residence during the search.
Police identified the suspected driver as Richard Pillard, 44, of Fairfield. He was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, evading police, possession of burglary tools, hit and run and for an alleged probation violation.
A motorcycle officer was trying to pull over a vehicle reported stolen the previous day when the incident started, said Sgt. Jeff Osgood. A brief pursuit took place and both the driver and passenger eventually fled from the vehicle, which kept rolling and came to rest in a driveway after hitting another car.
The driver and the passenger took off in different directions and both climbed fences into backyards, Osgood said. The passenger first headed west on Wren Court, before shedding his clothing and heading into a backyard, Osgood said. A pile of his belongings, including a pocket knife, was placed in the middle of the street as police searched.
A perimeter was set up and a K-9 officer was brought in to help with the search. A CHP helicopter was eventually called in to help.
After going yard to yard, police identified a house with someone on probation inside and made contact. After detaining one person in the yard, police moved in to check the residence.
One by one, police removed 12 adults from the small home and sat them on the curb. Two children were also found inside the house.
Pillard was found hiding in the garage and was taken into custody without incident.
Cheryl Brigman, 44, of Fairfield, was in the house and was arrested on suspicion of an outstanding drug warrant, Osgood said.
The vehicle was reported stolen after the owner left it running in the driveway to warm up, said Sgt. Randy Boggs. He said two vehicles in the past two days were stolen in this way and reminded residents to avoid leaving running vehicles unattended.
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