Two San Francisco men were arrested in Windsor after a brief chase with law enforcement that began when a deputy found them in a parking lot and was nearly hit by their car, authorities said.
Police said the suspects had construction tools in the car when the patrol deputy approached them around 3:20 a.m. Friday in the gated parking lot of the Windsor Palms shopping center on Old Redwood Highway south of downtown. town.
He inquired about their names and was returning to his own vehicle to confirm the driver’s name when the suspect car was started, reversed and nearly hit him, police said.
The vehicle then struck the police cruiser as the driver fled, heading south on the Old Redwood Freeway at speeds reaching 80 mph, with the deputy in pursuit.
By the time the suspect turned left onto East Shiloh Road and reached the closed gates of Shiloh Ridge Estates, other deputies had arrived. The suspect car attempted to turn around but snagged on landscaping rocks. The two inside bailed out but were caught after a brief foot chase, police said.
Authorities traced the tools in their car to two unreported car break-ins in Windsor, they said.
Deputies arrested Carlos Gutierres, 29, the driver, for alleged assault with a deadly weapon, escape, burglary, possession of stolen property, grand larceny and conspiracy. He remained in the custody of the Sonoma County Jail on Saturday, with a $50,000 bond.
The other man, Nelson Rivera-Ajca, 25, was arrested for alleged possession of stolen property, burglary, grand larceny, conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance. He was not among the inmates at the prison on Saturday.
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