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Chase begins in vineyard, ends with driverless tow truck crashing (CA)

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FAIRFIELD — Delaware Street at Webster Street was closed Thursday afternoon as Solano County sheriff’s deputies captured suspected thieves, according to a social media post from the department.

 

A Sheriff’s deputy was conducting a security check of vineyards along the 2000 block of Mankas Corner Road at approximately 12:50 p.m. when the deputy saw an older, unmarked tow truck and a small black Honda Civic driving toward him on the narrow vineyard road.

 

As he drove toward the two vehicles, the driver of the tow truck, Israel G. Hernandez, 29, of Fairfield, stopped the tow truck suddenly and turned it around quickly, attempting to flee in the opposite direction, the post said.

 

The driver of the Honda, Alvaro M. Rosas Villa Gomez, 31, of Fairfield, drove toward the deputy’s unmarked patrol vehicle and pulled across the narrow road to block the deputy’s path, the post said. When the deputy activated his vehicle’s emergency lights, Rosas Villa Gomez accelerated the Honda past him through the vineyard.

 

The deputy advised surrounding units of both fleeing vehicles and decided to pursue Rosas Villa Gomez through the vineyard. Rosas Villa Gomez jumped out of the Honda and began running away, the post said.

 

Within minutes, deputies were able set up a perimeter and located Rosas Villa Gomez hiding in a nearby barn underneath a stack of wood.

 

He was arrested without incident and transported to the Solano County Jail.

 

Almost simultaneously to Rosas Villa Gomez fleeing from the deputy, a patrol sergeant arrived on scene and saw the tow truck driven by Hernandez fleeing from the area onto Mankas Corner Road.

 

The sergeant attempted a traffic stop. Hernandez failed to stop and led the sergeant, patrol deputies and members of the Fairfield Police Department on a vehicle pursuit that spanned several county and city streets, the post said.

 

During the pursuit, it was determined there were two occupants inside the tow truck. The passenger was Joshua R. Bueno, 36, Suisun City.

 

The tow truck had a large black generator attached to a wire, which was dangling from the tow arm of the truck.

Approximately 15 minutes into the pursuit, the tow truck turned down a narrow alley in the area off Delaware and Webster streets. There, Hernandez jumped from the driver’s side of the moving tow truck and began running in an opposite direction. Bueno remained seated inside the front passenger seat, the post said.

 

Responding units from the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team were positioned near the alleyway and were able to chase down Hernandez, who was captured without incident.

 

A deputy stayed closely behind the tow truck, which was rolling down the alleyway without a driver. The tow truck veered quickly from the alleyway, through the front yard of a residence on Webster Street, into a parked truck.

 

Inside the Honda, deputies located plates/sides and a cross-bar from the generator attached to the tow truck, the post said. A record check revealed the generator was reported as stolen by the Benicia Police Department.

 

Hernandez remained in jail Friday on suspicion of evading a police officer with disregard to public safety, vehicle theft and receiving stolen property, all felonies, and misdemeanor allegations of obstructing a police officer and possession of a controlled substance, according to jail records. He was also held without bail for a suspected probation violation. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

 

Rosas Villa Gomez remained in jail Friday on suspicion of misdemeanor allegation of resisting an officer and trespassing in connection with Thursday’s incidents. He was held without bail on three separate warrants: one that involved three felony allegations, one that involves four misdemeanor allegations and one that involves two misdemeanor allegations and two infractions, according to jail records. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

 

Bueno was initially booked in suspicion of receiving stolen property, a felony, with bail set at $25,000. Jail records do not list him as remaining in custody Friday afternoon.

 

Anyone with additional information about to this incident asked to call the Solano County Sheriff’s Office at 421-7090.

 

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