A man accused of assaulting and stealing a vehicle from a motorist who gave him a ride was arrested Monday afternoon in Sutter County following a pursuit by law enforcement officers.
A California Highway Patrol officer responded to Olivehurst about 8:40 a.m. Monday regarding a report of a stolen vehicle. The victim told the officer that he had been traveling on Highway 70 north of Striplin Road, north of Pleasant Grove, when he stopped his 1976 Volkswagen van to pick up three people whose vehicle had become disabled. The victim drove the three – two males and a female – to 14th Street in Olivehurst.
When the victim dropped them off at the intended location, two of the people got out of the vehicle. The third, identified by the CHP as 29-year-old Christopher J. Nasarro, allegedly assaulted the motorist and stole his van.
About 4:30 p.m. Monday, the Yuba Sutter Area CHP spotted the van near Yuba City and a pursuit began. The CHP turned over the pursuit to Yuba City police as it entered the city limits. Police used a pursuit immobilization technique to stop the van, and Nasarro was taken into custody at 4:57 p.m.
The CHP identified Nasarro as a validated Norteño gang member. He was arrested on suspicion of numerous offenses, including carjacking, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, driving with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of people or property, and attempting to elude a peace officer by driving in the wrong direction on the highway.
Nasarro was booked into Sutter County Jail, where he is being held without bail.