SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — A 29-year-old man was arrested in Santa Rosa early Saturday morning after he led officers on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle.
Jose Luis Hernandez Jr., 29, of Santa Rosa, was arrested on suspicion of felony evading, resisting a peace officer, vehicle theft with priors, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of burglary tools and on four outstanding felony probation violation warrants, police said.
At 11:59 p.m. Friday, an officer with the Santa Rosa Police Department officer was patrolling the area of Stony Point and Sebastopol roads when the officer observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed through a construction zone, according to police.
The vehicle was also displaying a commercial license plate but was not a commercial vehicle, police said.
The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed.
Santa Rosa police officers pursued the vehicle into Rohnert Park and then back into Santa Rosa.
Santa Rosa police officers working a DUI checkpoint deployed spike strips in the area of Guerneville Road and Ridley Avenue, police said.
The spike strips punctured the vehicle’s tires, and the driver, later identified as Hernandez, abandoned the vehicle in the area of Guerneville Road and Lance Drive, police said.
Hernandez then ran into a nearby apartment complex, where he was located hiding in an alcove to an apartment, police said.
Police said Hernandez refused to come out, so officers used a police K-9 to apprehend the suspect. The dog then bit Hernandez as the suspect was being apprehended, police said.
Hernandez was transported to a hospital with minor injuries and was later booked into the county jail.
Police said the vehicle Hernandez was driving had been stolen from a residence in Santa Rosa earlier in the week.
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