Vacaville police: Man tosses gun, drugs during chase

By From page A3 | July 03, 2014

VACAVILLE — A pursuit Tuesday resulted in the arrest of a Vacaville man who police say tossed a stolen gun and drugs during a chase that ended successfully, thanks to an alert passerby who helped authorities stay on the suspect’s trail.

Vacaville police arrested Eric Oliver Rogers, 45, after he allegedly fled a traffic stop about 2 p.m. and tossed a loaded gun and methamphetamine during the ensuing car and foot chase, according to a press release from the Police Department.

An officer saw a white Ford Mustang speed through a stop sign at the intersection of Marshall Road and Burlington Drive, police said. The officer tried to stop the vehicle, but the car fled toward a residential neighborhood.

During the pursuit, the driver tossed what was later discovered to be a loaded handgun out the window, according to the release. Police said the gun was stolen during a burglary.

After the officer who police say was following safety precautions lost the suspect, someone alerted the officer with the suspect’s direction. The pursuit continued, and the suspect eventually exited the car and tried to flee on foot, police said. The officer approached and told the man he was under arrest, but the suspect ran. The officer gave chase and was soon joined by another officer.

Police said Rogers turned and took a fighting stance as the officers were gaining on him. Police shot him with a Taser, which had little effect on the man. The officers eventually got Rogers to the ground and took him into custody.

Police said Rogers threw a package during the foot chase that police later learned contained methamphetamine with a street value of about $500.

Rogers was taken to VacaValley Hospital as a precaution. He was booked into Solano County jail on suspicion of allegations that include possession of methamphetamine for sale, felony evading, carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of stolen property. Rogers was also on active probation from a previous unrelated case.

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Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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  • Snuggle bunnyJuly 03, 2014 - 3:55 am

    Well he can consider himself lucky!!! They could have shot him instead.

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  • DumbassesJuly 03, 2014 - 8:21 am

    I agree, he must not be black

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  • ReallyJuly 03, 2014 - 10:04 am

    Really Dumasses... Not a cool statement. Are you really that shallow?

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  • MikeJuly 03, 2014 - 8:43 am

    This was initiated by a traffic infraction, blowing a stop sign, and ended up with numerous violations. I've read comments on lots of occasions, CD Brooks observations that enforcement starts with the simple traffic violation. I tend to agree, and this article supports the idea.

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  • DumbassesJuly 03, 2014 - 10:14 am

    Really. Yeah I'm serious. If your not black you've never experienced bogus traffic stops ending with no ticket. Am I shallow because you think I'm not black?

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  • ShallowJuly 03, 2014 - 10:49 am

    Dumbasses: Yes, I think you are shallow, and it doesn't matter if you are black or not. That type of attitude promotes racism.

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  • ReallyJuly 03, 2014 - 10:58 am


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  • JimboJuly 03, 2014 - 8:12 pm

    People who do not wish to see the racism in America have a way of averting their eyes. Not so easy for those living it.

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  • DumbassesJuly 03, 2014 - 11:49 pm

    Jimbo, THANK YOU some people are blind to cops with stereotypical minds, live a life with darker skin you'll experience things you haven't before

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