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Driver in stolen car leads Rohnert Park police on pursuit

A Sebastopol woman in a stolen car led Rohnert Park officers on a short pursuit on Highway 101, reported Rohnert Park police.

It started when Officer Mike Matelli spotted an Acura sedan he heard had been stolen earlier in the day, Rohnert Park Sgt. Eric Matzen reported.

Matelli followed the car onto Highway 101 heading north and was joined by Officer Luke Dotta.

Near Santa Rosa Avenue, they put on their emergency lights, seeking to stop the driver. She didn't stop, and when the officers turned on their sirens, she sped up to about 80 mph near Todd Road, Matzen said.

Near Highway 12, the driver stopped.

Other officers had joined the chase, and the driver was taken into custody at gunpoint.

A female passenger wasn't believed to be involved and was released, Matzen said.

Driver Jasmin Colunga, 26, was arrested on suspicion of car theft, possessing a stolen car, evading officers, false imprisonment and driving without a license.

Colunga was booked into the Sonoma County Jail after the Friday afternoon arrest, and bail was set at $50,000.


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