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High-speed Petaluma chase ends in arrest of wanted car theft suspect

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:41 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:41 a.m.

A suspect in a stolen truck in Petaluma early Tuesday led officers on a lengthy pursuit before two flat tires forced him to stop, police said.

The chase ended when the man finally drove the Ford F-350 off of Old Redwood Highway and into the mud, said Petaluma Sgt. Ed Crosby.

Police said they pulled driver Nathan Isaac Ingram, 26, of Hayward, from the truck because he would not comply. He was hit with an electronic taser and taken into custody by officers on suspicion of felony car theft, resisting arrest and possessing burglary tools, said Crosby.

Ingram also was wanted in Napa and Alameda counties for cases involving car theft and evading arrest.

The truck was stolen from Anna Way in southeast Petaluma at about 2:30 a.m.

Officers headed for Highway 101, suspecting the driver would head there, and they spotted the truck near East Washington Street, said Crosby.

The driver tried to flee police, starting a 26-minute chase that went south and then north on the highway, through city streets to Adobe Road toward Sonoma and back into Petaluma.

Crosby said the chase at times reached 100 mph on the highway and up to 60 mph on city streetsas the driver ignored stop signs and red lights.

Officers continued the chase due to the lack of traffic on the city roads at the early hour, said Crosby.

The chase ended after the man drove over spike strips on Old Redwood Highway and North McDowell Boulevard.

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