A Santa Rosa man twice convicted for trying to outrun law enforcement officers in car chases was in custody Tuesday, suspected of trying again to evade officers in what was a brief pursuit that included erratic speeds, blowing through multiple red lights and drinking and driving, according to the CHP.
CHP officers arrested the man at gunpoint after the 2 a.m. Sunday pursuit that started near downtown Santa Rosa.
They found an open bottle of alcohol in his Audi A4 and suspected he’d been drinking, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.
The pursuit began on B Street, south of Fifth Street when officers noted the Audi didn’t have a license plate. Initially the driver slowed then sped off. He ran a red light at Third Street before speeding up to about 70 mph in the 30 mph zone, Sloat said.
The driver continued at speeds of 30- to 40 mph faster than the limit before he stopped in a traffic lane on Third near Wilson Street.
CHP officers held the driver and a passenger at gunpoint as they got out of the car.
Driver Mizrain Navacano, 21, appeared to have been drinking and officers started to evaluate him for drunken driving, but the man wouldn’t cooperate, Sloat said.
“Throughout the contact Navacano postured, taunted officers and gave the impression that he was proud he had fled the police,” Sloat said in a news release.
The man’s criminal history included that he has a suspended license and was on probation for two prior convictions of fleeing police and one prior drunken driving conviction.
Navacano was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, felony reckless evasion, driving with a suspended license and violating his probation. Officers took him to the Sonoma County Jail were he was booked and remained in custody Tuesday in lieu of $31,000 bail.
His car was impounded for 30 days.
Navacano was one of 13 people arrested by CHP officers during the weekend.
Another driver arrested was a Sonoma man with a long history of driving violations, according to Sloat.
Diego Alcaraz, 23, was stopped for speeding on Stony Point Road at Highway 116 on Friday afternoon.
The driver wasn’t carrying a driver’s license but his driving history showed that he had been given 10 license suspensions, two drunken driving convictions and seven convictions for driving despite having a suspended license - he was last convicted about three weeks ago, Sloat said.
Alcaraz also was under court order to have an ignition interlock device in his car due to the DUI convictions and that was missing from the BMW Coupe, Sloat said.
Officers arrested him on suspicion he was driving with a suspended license, driving without the device and violating his probation. His car was impounded for 30 days.