A 26-year-old Santa Rosa driver led police on a pursuit in which speeds reached 100 mph early Tuesday until he crashed into a utility pole, fled on foot and was apprehended with the help of a police dog, authorities said.
Francisco Arroyo was booked into the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of felony evading, resisting arrest and drunken driving, Santa Rosa police officials said.
The chase began at about 1:30 a.m. after an officer on Steele Lane near Mendocino Avenue clocked a 2002 BMW traveling 50 mph in a 35 mph zone and tried to stop the BMW, police said. The BMW did not stop and instead made a U-turn on Mendocino Avenue and headed west on Steele Lane, accelerating to about 100 mph, according to police.
The BMW sped through several red lights, recklessly evading several officers in patrol cars, until it crashed into a light pole on the southwest corner of West Steele Lane and Marlow Road, apparently while attempting to turn, police said.
A witness told police the driver ran from the crashed BMW, heading south on Marlow. A police dog helped officers find Arroyo, who was hiding in bushes about 150 yards south of the crash, police said.