Santa Rosa man arrested after fleeing collision with a police car

An 18-year-old man whose Mercedes-Benz SUV collided with a police vehicle in Santa Rosa early Saturday drove away from the scene, leading the police sergeant inside the other vehicle on a high-speed chase before the man crashed into a fence and fled on foot, police said.

Both the suspect, identified as Santa Rosa resident Jose Luis Hernandez, and the patrol sergeant, Steve Pehlke, suffered minor injures from the collision, which happened about 1:39 a.m. on Coffey Lane.

Police say Pehlke was driving south on the road when Hernandez failed to stop at the intersection going west on Walnut Creek Drive.

Hernandez was driving at about 30 mph when the collision happened, causing damage to the front, left side of the police car. Instead of stopping, Hernandez immediately turned south on Coffey Lane and drove away, police said.

Pehlke, whose patrol car was still driveable, turned on his patrol lights and siren and followed the vehicle. Hernandez did not stop, reaching speeds over ?70 mph as he drove through residential streets, police said. He also passed a red light at Coffey Lane and Piner Road, about 1/3-mile from the collision site.

Hernandez eventually turned onto Bluebell Drive, a dead-end road, and crashed into a fence at the end of the street. He fled again on foot into the nearby Rancho San Miguel mobile home park, where an officer found Hernandez hiding in bushes.

Hernandez was arrested, received treatment for his injuries and was booked into the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of evading a police officer, fleeing from a collision and being under the influence of drugs.

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