|RP police bust two East Bay men after extended car chase
An attempt by a Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety officer to make a routine stop for a minor traffic violation led to an extended vehicle chase that wound up with the arrests of two men from the East Bay early in the morning on Thursday, Nov. 21.
Ryan James Campbell, 38, from Richmond, and Doug McCarty, 59, and also from the Richmond area, were taken into custody on multiple charges, including possession of stolen property.
According to a report by the RPDPS, a traffic officer at approximately 1:29 a.m. on Golf Course West Drive at Labath Avenue attempted to make a traffic stop on a white dually boom truck that was moving with its lights off. The driver, identified as Campbell, slowed his vehicle, yelled to the officer that he had an emergency to go to and headed toward Stony Point Road at 55 mph.
The officer followed the vehicle with his lights and sirens turned on, but the driver failed to pull the vehicle over. The driver then made a northbound turn on Stony Point and continued on, reaching speeds of 90 mph. A vehicle pursuit ensued, which led RPDPS officers back to Highway 101 and southbound towards Petaluma.
The California Highway Patrol and Sonoma County Sheriff’s soon joined the chase, and speeds on the highway reached 80 mph as the suspect weaved in between semi-trucks. CHP officers placed a spike strip out at the Highway 116/Lakeville Highway junction and successfully deflated four of the six tires on the truck.
The suspect vehicle then exited the highway at Petaluma Boulevard South. With the vehicle still rolling, the driver and passenger jumped out of the truck and started to run. The passenger was immediately taken into custody. The driver ran approximately 100 yards up a steep embankment but was quickly apprehended.
Campbell had a no-bail warrant out of Napa County and the vehicle was determined to be stolen. Campbell was booked into Sonoma County Jail for his warrant and being suspected of possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and evading police. McCarty was booked into the county jail for possession of stolen property and evading police.