High-speed chase through Sebastopol ends in arrest of wanted man, companion
Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 8:33 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 8:52 a.m.
A wanted parolee led police on a chase Tuesday night into rural southern Sebastopol, where he was arrested at gunpoint.
James Caulfield, 30, drove out of town on Highway 16 at about 60 mph, swerving around cars and forcing one driver off the highway, said Sebastopol Sgt. Mike Nielsen.
Officer Dave Edney followed Caulfield and a woman passenger to Bloomfield Road then to Princeton Drive, where the chase ended in a driveway.
Inside the car officers found 48 grams of methamphetamine hidden in a cleaning bottle, which had been altered with a false bottom, said Nielsen. They also found a stun gun, three hypodermic needles and two police scanners.
The incident started at about 8:20 p.m. after Edney learned that Caulfield, who was wanted by authorities on a felony warrant and was possibly armed, owned a car parked at the Fairfield Inn.
While Edney waited for a second officer, another car pulled up and the driver ignored the officers’ efforts to stop him.
Caulfield was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs for sale, being an ex-felon with a stun gun and evading arrest. He was booked into the Sonoma County Jail without bail.
Brandi McAlbain, 29, was arrested on suspicion of drug charges and cited to appear in court.
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