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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