In a case of good or bad timing, depending on point of view, a suspected car thief early Wednesday and an off-duty Healdsburg police officer crossed paths in Windsor — the same officer who'd taken the report of the stolen vehicle.
Corporal Scott Eland recognized the 1999 Ford Expedition as the one reported stolen at 11 p.m. Tuesday from a Healdsburg home. He also recognized the man inside — transient Shawn Dixon, said Healdsburg Sgt. Luis Rodriguez.
The two men saw each other at 7:40 a.m. Dixon, 43, stopped the SUV on Second Street and ran. Eland and additional officers found him nearby, hiding in bushes.
As officers closed in, the man attempted to scale a 10-foot fence. Rodriguez and two Windsor deputies pulled him down.
Dixon struggled, refusing to comply, and at least one officer hit him with a baton. The suspect was shocked with an electric barb before being subdued, Rodriguez said.
He was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, possessing a stolen car, resisting arrest, breaking into another car and violating his probation.
Dixon was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for a medical exam and then booked into the Sonoma County Jail. Bail was set at $13,000.