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Carjacking suspect arrested after high speed chase in West Sacramento

Published: Monday, May. 26, 2014 - 10:26 pm

A carjacking suspect was arrested in West Sacramento Monday afternoon after he led police on a high-speed chase through city streets, during which, police allege, he attempted to hit several police cars and a motorcycle officer.

Thomas Brewer, 37, of Sacramento, was being booked into Yolo County Jail Monday evening. Charges and bond information were not available.

The victim, whom police did not identify, was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The incident started around 11:33 a.m. Monday when West Sacramento police received a call that a shooting had occurred at 3065 West Capitol Avenue and that a man with a handgun was running around the area.

As officers were responding to the scene, the department received numerous 911 calls of a large fight and that a man was armed with a screwdriver. Investigators later were told that Brewer had been breaking into a vehicle and was being pursued by witnesses.

Just as officers arrived, Brewer assaulted a man, carjacked his vehicle and drover through several city streets at speeds up to 75 mph.

“On several occasions during the pursuit, the suspect attempted to strike West Sacramento Police Officers patrol cars with his vehicle,” said Lt. Nathan Steele with West Sacramento Police.

He said Brewer also tried to run over a West Sacramento police officer on a motorcycle.

“The motor officer, fearing for his safety, fired at the suspect and his vehicle,’ said Steele. “No parties were struck or injured.”

A short time later, Brewer crashed the stolen vehicle and fled on foot. He was taken into custody without incident, according to Steele.

It was not clear whether a weapon was found on Brewer when he was caught.

Per department policy, the West Sacramento police officer involved in the shooting was placed on paid administrative leave. That shooting will be investigated by the West Sacramento Police department in conjunction with the Yolo County District’s Attorney’s office.

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