Friday, March 26, the Cotati Police Department, the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes Investigation Unit and the Sonoma County Auto Theft Task Force conducted a joint, proactive enforcement operation in and about the cities of Cotati and Rohnert Park. The purpose of the operation was to actively combat auto-theft and catalytic converter related criminal activity as well as develop leads for detectives actively working these cases. During the eight-hour operation, Officers, deputies and detectives contact 63 individuals for both traffic violation and while engaged in suspicious activity in and about the two cities. Those 63 contacts resulted in eight arrests, a narcotic sales arrest, a felony driving under the influence related investigation/arrest, the recovery of an outstanding stolen vehicle and the initiation of several investigations and leads to additional crimes.
One of these attempted contacts resulted in the pursuit of a suspected stolen vehicle and the arrest of the driver on an outstanding felony warrant from another county. A Cotati Police Officer assigned to the detail noticed a suspicious vehicle loitering in the Lowe’s parking lot in Cotati. The vehicle was displaying out of state temporary plates. As the officer attempted to make contact, the driver looked at the officer and sped away through the parking lot at a high rate of speed. The officer gave chase and was later joined by other members of the Cotati Police Department. The drive ultimately entered US 101 highway southbound and fled for several miles before the Ford F-150 he was driving became mechanically disabled. The driver was then taken into custody with the assistance of California Highway Patrol units from the Santa Rosa Area. The initiating officer arrested the driver for felony evading, the outstanding felony warrant and is continuing to investigate the driver’s lawful possession of the vehicle.
The Cotati Police Department, the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes Investigation Unit and the Sonoma County Auto Theft Task Force will continue to actively investigate auto theft and catalytic converter related crimes. The agencies will continue to partner together to ensure the most successful outcomes to these investigations we can and the greatest level of service to the people of Sonoma County.