A man who was being pulled over for an apparent speeding violation Saturday evening on Bodega Highway hopped out of his pickup and disappeared into the woods rather than wait for a CHP officer to approach, setting off a 45-minute search by law enforcement on foot and in the air, the CHP said.
A Highway Patrol officer attempted to stop the vehicle, which was headed east near Joy Road, shortly before 6 p.m. The driver pulled to the shoulder, but then jumped out, vaulted a fence and ran, Sgt. Erik Egide said. Officers from the CHP and Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, joined by a helicopter, were unable to locate him.
The driver did, however, leave a female passenger sitting in the vehicle. As a result, "We have some good leads on who he is," Egide said.
There was no evidence in the vehicle to suggest why the man ran. The woman was not arrested, he said.
Upcoming meeting to explore 4G wireless technology
Santa Rosa and Verizon are holding a series of meetings in coming weeks to allay concerns about its network of 4G “small cell” wireless antenna equipment being installed on utility poles around the city.
The four joint Verizon/city meetings will take place:
— Monday, Feb. 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 637 First St.
— Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to noon at Veteran’s Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave.
— Thursday, March 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave.
— Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Veteran’s Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave.
In addition the City Council is planning to hold a study session on the issue Tuesday, March 6, beginning at 3 p.m. at City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Ave.