|Stockton man jailed after high-speed chase in RP
A Stockton man was booked into Sonoma County Jail on June 26 after leading a Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety officer and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Dept. on a high-speed chase that ended with a crash and minor injuries.
According to a RPDPS report, an officer was patrolling the area of Redwood Drive and Commerce Boulevard, looking for possible narcotics activity when he noticed a vehicle turning onto Redwood Drive with a headlight out.
As soon as the officer turned on his overhead lights to make a traffic stop, the driver, 30-year-old Somphat Kala, fled, driving at a high rate of speed.
The RPDPS officer chased the car for about 14 minutes, driving at speeds exceeding 100 mph. Sheriff’s deputies joined the pursuit near the auto mall on Bellevue Avenue in Santa Rosa.
Both agencies were in pursuit on Highway 101 when Kala lost control of his vehicle, driving through the fence, crashing on Bellevue and landing upside down.
Kala, according to the report, then exited the car and fled on foot.
He ran behind the auto mall, but officers were able to take him into custody a short distance from where the foot pursuit began.
Further investigation revealed the car was stolen, and the owner was unaware until contacted by law enforcement.
Kala, who had an active warrant with the California Dept. of Corrections and was a parolee at large, was booked into Sonoma County Jail and charged with possession of suspected methamphetamines, evading officers, possession of burglary tools, a stolen vehicle and the CDC warrant.
Somphat sustained some minor injuries from the crash.
He was treated at the hospital and released for booking at the jail.