|CHP chase shuts down RP traffic
Motorcyclist arrested after three-county pursuit
California Highway Patrol officers arrested a Santa Rosa man after a chase that spanned three counties and brought traffic in Rohnert Park to a halt Thursday afternoon.
A CHP report states Stephen Thomas Lamontange, 32, at around 4:30 p.m. was on his motorcycle and at times was riding at speeds in excess of 100 mph westbound on Interstate 80 near Vacaville in Solano County. A CHP officer was unsuccessful in trying to stop Lamontange, who continued west and got on Highway 12 in Napa County and then Lakeville Highway and Highway 116 in Sonoma County.
At that point, a CHP helicopter and a fixed-wing plane joined the pursuit. CHP officers of Santa Rosa planned to intercept Lamontange when he rode northbound on Highway 101. Lamontange continued but hit snarled traffic in Rohnert Park. CHP officers brought all traffic to a halt to prevent a crash.
Lamontange abandoned his motorcycle upon seeing the CHP roadblock and ran westbound across southbound Highway 101and Redwood Drive. CHP officers chased Lamontange and caught him in the parking lot of the Press Democrat’s printing facility.
Lamontange, according to the CHP, was driving on a suspended license and had multiple traffic convictions and a long criminal record. He was booked into the Sonoma County Jail for reckless evasion of police, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license. Lamontange posted $30,000 bail Friday morning and was released.