Two East Bay men arrested in stolen SUV after high-speed chase

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CHP officers arrested two Berkeley men in a stolen SUV Wednesday night after a high-speed chase on Highway 101 that reached speeds in excess of 100 mph.

Robert Abeyta, 35, was allegedly driving a Chevrolet Trax SUV south on Highway 101 near Shiloh Road when a CHP officer clocked him driving about 98 mph. The CHP officer gave chase, activating his siren and lights but the SUV increased its speed to more than 100 mph.

A spike strip deployed near the Rohnert Park Expressway, causing the SUV’s tires to deflate, officials said, and Abeyta ultimately stopped near the West Sierra on-ramp.

Police said the Trax was reported stolen Monday in San Francisco. Abeyta, a parolee wanted on a no bail warrant, showed signs of drug intoxication and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and hypodermic needles.

Abeyta was arrested on suspicion of DUI, reckless evasion, auto theft, possession of stolen property and drug possession. His passenger, identified by the CHP as Ignacio Silvano, 29, but listed as McLendell Lorenzo Silvano by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, was arrested on suspicion possession of stolen property.

You can reach Staff Writer Martin Espinoza at 707-521-5213 or On Twitter @renofish.

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