Two Sacramento men are in Placer County Jail after an early morning pursuit and three-hour manhunt near Rocklin.
The incident began about 4:40 a.m. when a Placer County sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a vehicle that ran a red light near Industrial Avenue, said Dena Erwin, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. The driver failed to yield and led deputies on a pursuit.
At one point, the vehicle stopped long enough for the driver to get out of the vehicle and run off as the passenger moved into the driver’s seat, then sped away, with deputies still in pursuit.
Erwin said the vehicle finally pulled over, and 40-year-old Johnny Phillip Lobue was taken into custody.
Deputies, assisted by the California Highway Patrol and Rosevile, Rocklin and Lincoln police, continued to search for the original driver, who they had been told had a gun, Erwin said. Officers were about to abandon the search, when the suspect was spotted and taken into custody about 8:15 a.m., she said.
He was identified as 37-year-old Charles Robert Kossow. He was arrested on suspicion of evading a peace officer, committing a felony while on bail, possession of ammunition, conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance for sale, and conspiracy to transport and sell a controlled substance, according to booking information available online.
Erwin said Kossow did not have a gun when he was taken into custody and deputies did not find one during a search of the area.
Lobue was arrested on a Sacramento County warrant for assault with a deadly weapon and a parole hold, Erwin said.
Both men were booked into the South Placer Jail. Kossow is being held in lieu of $255,000 bail. Lobue is ineligible for bail.
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