Santa Rosa police arrested a Windsor man late Friday night on kidnapping and other charges after a 31-mile high-speed chase from downtown Santa Rosa to the Forestville area.
The incident started around 10:15 p.m. near Fourth and E streets in Santa Rosa when a citizen reported seeing a woman trying to get out of a red Dodge truck but being pulled back inside by a male driver.
Another call a few minutes later reported a hit and run on nearby Tupper Street, also involving a red Dodge truck.
Police then spotted the truck running red lights on Sonoma Avenue and driving without headlights on, Sgt. Ryan Corcoran said.
Police said driver Lance Edwin Evans, 30, sped off when they tried to stop him near the mall and officers pursued the truck north on Highway 101.
“The driver fled in a reckless manner while committing multiple vehicle code violations and displayed a wanton disregard for the safety of other motorists on the roadway,” Corcoran said in a news release.
He said the truck reached speeds of more than 100 mph, turning off the freeway onto River Road toward Guerneville.
Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies joined the chase and placed spike strips at strategic locations along River Road, ultimately flattening both front tires on the truck, Corcoran said.
The truck continued into Guerneville, then turned onto Highway 116 toward Forestville. T he driver jumped out of the moving truck and ran into a culvert along the highway , where he was arrested, Corcoran said.
The woman was found unharmed in the pickup.
Evans was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, domestic battery, recklessly evading police, resisting arrest, driving under the influence and driving without a license.
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