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Wild high-speed chase on Highway 101 ends in arrest of San Francisco man

Authorities used spike strips, a ramming technique, batons and a police dog to end a wild pursuit on Highway 101 early Thursday.

A Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputy spotted a northbound gray BMW swerving on the highway about 1 a.m. But after the deputy stopped the car, the driver sped off, leading deputies on a chase at speeds of 120 mph, Sgt. Spencer Crum said.

Crum said deputies attempted to deploy spike strips in Windsor and Healdsburg but the driver avoided them. In the area of the Lytton Springs off ramp, a deputy deployed a set of spike strips which the driver drove over, puncturing his tires.

The driver took the Independence Lane offramp and circled back onto the highway.

After the driver took the Arata offramp, a deputy spun the BMW out using his patrol vehicle.

When the driver still refused to cooperate, deputies broke out a car window and deployed the K-9. The suspect jumped out and was arrested.

Crum identified him as Juan Correa, 34, of San Francisco. He was booked into the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of felony evading and resisting arrest.

A sample of Correa’s blood was taken at the jail to determine whether Correa was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

You can reach Staff Writer Derek Moore at 707-521-5336 or derek.moore@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @deadlinederek.

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