A Santa Rosa man was arrested Tuesday night after leading deputies on a chase at speeds up to 100 mph in a stolen car before crashing and trying to run away, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said.

Inside the car, officers found items believed to have been stolen in Santa Rosa.

Deputies arrested Timothy Spence, 30, on suspicion of car theft, possessing stolen property, evading police, hit-and-run and resisting arrest, Sgt. Spencer Crum said in a news release Wednesday.

The black BMW caught the attention of a sergeant in southern Windsor about 7:30 p.m. as it sped from a shopping area. Spence headed north on Highway 101 at speeds reaching 100 mph before taking the Central Windsor exit, running a red light heading near Lakewood Drive and Brooks Road and crashing into three vehicles stopped at an intersection, Crum said. Spence fled on foot toward the highway until deputies arrested him.

The BMW had been stolen in Marin County and had license plates from a different car. Along with stolen items in the vehicle, deputies found bolt cutters, a mask and numerous car keys.

Spence remained in custody Wednesday morning on four felonies and one misdemeanor. Bail was set at $20,000.

Cities Take Up Cannabis Regulations

Dec. 12, the Santa Rosa City Council meets at 4 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Santa Rosa City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Ave.

Dec. 19, Sebastopol City Council will vote on the urgency ordinance at its 6 p.m. meeting in the youth annex of the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 425 Morris Street.


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