FAIRFIELD — A 65-year-0ld man who apparently didn’t notice officers pursuing him Friday was arrested after his car was disabled by a spike strip on Interstate 680.
Drivers first called the California Highway Patrol to report the Toyota Camry as a possible DUI near the Carquinez Bridge, said Sgt. Phil Grant. Grant said he spotted the man’s vehicle near the truck scales in Fairfield on eastbound Interstate 80.
Grant said the man wasn’t driving overly fast, but was not responding to his lights or sirens. Grant eventually pulled his motorcycle up next to the man to get his attention, but he was still oblivious to the commands to pull over, he said.
The man continued driving west, before exiting at Travis Boulevard. Grant said he thought the man was going to pull over, but he eventually entered westbound Interstate 80.
Fearing for the safety of drivers, CHP officers set up a roadblock on the exit to westbound Highway 12. The man took the Interstate 680 interchange and CHP set up a spike strip about a half-mile east of Gold Hill Road. Grant said they were lucky that traffic was light and they were able to deploy the strips without a traffic break.
A sobriety test was given to the man near the offramp to Gold Hill Road, where the vehicle eventually stopped. Grant said the man didn’t show signs of impairment. He said officers would try to determine if the man has a medical condition that would explain his actions, but said it was too early to tell.
“You have to think about these things,” Grant said. “But we have no choice but to book him.”
Grant said the man was arrested on suspicion of felony evading.
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