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Two arrested after Roseville police pursuit of stolen vehicle

A Lincoln man and a Wheatland woman were arrested early Wednesday after a brief vehicle pursuit through downtown Roseville.

Just before midnight, an officer tried to stop a Toyota sport-utility vehicle on Douglas Boulevard near Interstate 80. Instead of stopping, the driver drove away at high speed, leading officers on a short pursuit that ended near Sixth and E streets, according to a Police Department news release.

The driver left the SUV and ran off. Officers detained the passenger, who stayed in the vehicle, and surrounded the area to search for the driver. They were assisted by a Placer County Sheriff’s K9 and a CHP helicopter.

About 12:35 a.m., the sheriff’s dog found the suspect hiding in bushes in the 400 block of Dudley Drive and he was taken into custody.

Police said the SUV had been stolen from Rocklin on Feb. 20. Inside the vehicle, officers found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, burglar’s tools, stolen mail and property stolen during other recent vehicle thefts, police reported.

Placer Regional Auto Theft Task Force detectives responded and assisted in the investigation.

Justin Phillip Gwaltney, 27, of Lincoln and Krystin Gonzales, 24, of Wheatland were arrested an suspicion of numerous offenses, including vehicle theft, possessing stolen property, drug possession and committing felonies while out on bail for another felony. They were booked into Placer County Jail.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.