Two men were booked into Sacramento County jail on auto burglary and other charges after a wild chase on Highway 99.
Lashoun Jude Schexnayder, 38, of Sacramento and Edward Damonte Stephens, 28, of Richmond were taken into custody Thursday in Sacramento County’s Vintage Park area following a vehicle chase that began shortly after 6 p.m. in Elk Grove.
Stephens, the apparent driver in the police pursuit, was arrested on suspicion of evading police while driving in a reckless manner and burglary. Schexnayder was arrested on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy and violation of probation.
Officer Christopher Trim, Elk Grove police spokesman, said officers responded at 6:07 p.m. Thursday to a report of a vehicle burglary in progress on Laguna Boulevard near the Target store. Officers spotted the vehicle, a black sport-utility vehicle, and attempted to stop it, but the driver failed to yield, leading officers in a pursuit.
According to an account in the Police Department’s daily watch summary, the vehicle headed east toward Highway 99, where the vehicle was involved in a collision with another vehicle. The SUV did not stop and continued traveling south on Highway 99 with officers in pursuit.
The SUV driver began making evasive maneuvers and reached speeds of more than 100 mph in an apparent effort to elude officers, according to the police account.
Elk Grove officers ended their involvement in the pursuit when the vehicle reached Arno Road. The SUV exited the freeway in Galt, where Galt police took up the chase, until the vehicle got back on southbound Highway 99.
California Highway Patrol air and ground units spotted the vehicle near Stockton when the SUV began traveling northbound on Highway 99. CHP officers pursued the vehicle as it continued on the freeway then exited at Calvine Road. The SUV traveled at high speeds through neighborhoods in the Vintage Park area, north of Calvine. The two occupants abandoned the vehicle on Cord Way, a residential street, and ran off in different directions.
Schexnayder and Stephens were eventually taken into custody by CHP officers and Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies.
While driving through Galt, the suspects discarded items that had been stolen in the vehicle burglary, according to Elk Grove police. Officers also found property inside the SUV that had been stolen in another vehicle burglary.