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Wild, high-speed chase ends in Sacramento with DUI suspect in custody, sheriff says

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A suspect was taken into custody for DUI and evading police Thursday evening after a high-speed chase that started in Rancho Cordova and ended with the driver being cornered in Sacramento, sheriff’s officials said.

The pursuit began about 4:40 p.m. Thursday, when two Rancho Cordova police officers approached a man inside an SUV outside a hotel on Mather Field Road, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Shaun Hampton said.

The SUV’s sole occupant, identified by Hampton only as a 41-year-old man, was reportedly holding binoculars and had a handle of vodka in the center console of the vehicle when the first officer approached, Hampton said. When the second officer approached, the driver put the vehicle in reverse, “nearly running over one of the officers,” Hampton said.

The suspect fled officers and a high-speed chase ensued. The chase ended when the suspect became “boxed in on a dead-end street” on Industrial Parkway near Power Inn Road in Sacramento, Hampton said.

The suspect refused to exit the vehicle, Hampton said, so officers with the Sheriff’s Department and Rancho Cordova police broke windows to the SUV and deployed a K9. The suspect was then taken into custody.

Hampton said the driver was taken into custody and will face charges of driving under the influence and felony evasion in a vehicle.

The suspect was injured by a dog bite, Hampton said, and he will be booked into Sacramento County jail following treatment. Two officers received minor injuries from breaking windows, according to Hampton.

Prior to driving to Sacramento at the end of the pursuit, the suspect drove to Folsom via Folsom Boulevard, then turned around at Highway 50 and drove westbound, authorities said.

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Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.