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Police pull man from blazing vehicle after chase, crash in Roseville

A man was arrested Monday morning in Roseville following a police chase that ended in a crash when the fleeing suspect drove into a wall, the Roseville Police Department said.

The man was being taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries before he was booked into jail, at which point his name could be released, according to police.

The chase began after Roseville police responded at 6:43 a.m. to a report of a burglary on the 400 block of Folsom Road, police said. When officers tried to apprehend a nearby driver they deemed suspicious, the man in the car drove away, ramming a police car in the process.

According to police, officers chased the man westbound on Interstate 80 until he tried unsuccessfully to exit at Auburn Boulevard and Riverside Avenue, crashing into a wall cordoning off the freeway ramp instead.

His car, which caught fire, was wrecked, with the front end smashed in, said Roseville police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther. Police took the man out of his vehicle. No officers were hurt.

Authorities initially believed the man’s injuries to be minor, Gunther said, but learned they were more serious after he went to the hospital.

Police said the man will likely be charged with assault with a deadly weapon for hitting a patrol car with his vehicle, as well as evading an officer with disregard for public safety. Police are still investigating the man’s alleged involvement in the burglary that sparked the chase.

Police also retrieved a handgun that the department said was in the man’s lap.

The offramp that the suspect attempted to exit on was closed following the crash, but was reopened as of 9:30 a.m., according to Gunther.

Personal details about the man such as his age were not yet available, Gunther said.

Hannah Knowles: 916-321-1141, @KnowlesHannah