TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — A 37-year-old Davis man, fleeing from Woodland police, set off a high-speed chase Thursday through Yolo and Solano counties before he was shot with a stun gun at the front gate of Travis Air Force Base.
The chase started after Woodland police responded to reports of a theft just before 9 a.m. at the Target Store on Bronze Star Drive, according to Woodland police.
Target employees pointed Woodland police to a 2003 silver Honda Civic that was leaving the parking lot, only to have the driver wave a handgun at police before speeding off north on County Road 102, according to police.
The driver, later identified as Teddy Chuang, 37, fled through Woodland and turned onto southbound Highway 113, all the time allegedly making threatening hand gestures while pointing his gun into the air. He then turned onto westbound Interstate 80 with a growing number of pursuing police cars trailing him at speeds up to 80 mph.
During the chase, Chuang contacted Woodland police and said he was heading to Travis Air Force Base, according to California Highway Patrol officers.
Fairfield police set up a spike strip at Heath Drive and Air Base Parkway. Chuang turned onto eastbound Air Base Parkway, but avoided the spike strip and continued on to the main gate at Travis, where he was finally stopped by a military roadblock. Chuang got out of his vehicle and started walking toward Travis Elementary School. A Fairfield police officer shot Chuang with a stun gun and the Davis man was taken into custody.
Earlier, Woodland police called Travis, saying the suspect had communicated a threat to the base, according to Travis’ Public Affairs Office. Air Force security police shut down both the main gate, north gate and the hospital gate, locked down the schools and prepared to stop the suspect.
The base’s main gate stayed closed for 45 minutes until Chuang was arrested and taken away by police. Chuang was taken to NorthBay Medical Center for examination before being taken into custody by Woodland officers.
Woodland police Lt. Anthony Cucchi said Chuang is not believed to be a member of the Air Force, and it was not clear why he was trying to enter the Travis base.
Chuang’s gun turned out to be realistic Airsoft pistol that was concealed in the rear of his waistband when he was arrested, according to police. He faces allegations of robbery, burglary and felony evading, according to Woodland police.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Woodland police at 530-661-7800.
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