Santa Rosa man arrested after slow-speed chase

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A Santa Rosa man barricaded himself in his car following a slow-speed chase Friday night, leading to an hourslong standoff that ended when deputies deployed gas into his vehicle and sent a K-9 unit to subdue him.

Fabian Romero, 22, was arrested on suspicion of multiple traffic violations and outstanding warrants, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The chase began at about 10:15 p.m. when a deputy attempted to pull over Romero for reckless driving, sheriff’s officials said. The pursuit, which reached speeds of about 25 mph, ended near Woolsey and Wood roads when deputies immobilized the vehicle using spike strips and a pursuit intervention technique.

The suspect refused to comply with orders to leave the vehicle and held two knives to his own throat, sheriff’s officials said. After several hours of negotiations, deputies launched a rescue plan and pumped gas into the car. Romero exited the vehicle with a knife, then retreated back inside. Deputies eventually arrested Romero, using a sheriff’s K-9 unit and what authorities characterized as “less lethal” projectiles, intended to incapacitate but not kill.

The suspect suffered dog bites and injuries from the “less lethal” rounds and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

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