A stolen vehicle alert in Rio Vista Friday night led to its driver allegedly ramming a patrol car, initiating a pursuit and subsequently surrendering, albeit pantsless.
The city’s camera system alerted officers to the presence of a silver-colored Toyota RAV4, stolen during a San Rafael carjacking, entering the city. During that crime, Rio Vista police officials said, the vehicle’s female owner was dragged behind the vehicle. Considering the violent nature of the incident, Rio Vista officers began searching for the vehicle.
Officers encountered the vehicle near Esperson Court and Drouin Drive, officials said, advising in a social media post that “the driver rammed one of our officer’s vehicles and fled westbound on Highway 12 out of town.”
The chase was on, with aid provided by the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol air units and CHP ground units.
“The driver went off the road several times, popping one of the Toyota’s tires,” the post continues. “The stolen vehicle driver continued driving on the flat tire until it rode on just the rim of the rear wheel.
“Eventually, the vehicle became stuck in a field on the north side of SR-12 west of 113, and the officers waited for backup from the Sheriff’s Office and CHP.”
The driver, identified only as a 32-year-old Tracy woman on probation for auto theft, apparently surrendered once her vehicle became stuck. But then, another issue arose.
“Even though no force was used during the arrest, our officers felt it would be wise to have the Montezuma Fire Protection District and Medic Ambulance Service check her out because the woman exited the car without her pants,” the post relayed.
The woman was later transported to a local hospital for further examination before being booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of numerous charges.