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Auburn police arrest parolee, passenger after I-80 pursuit

Two people, including a man identified as a parolee at large, were arrested Wednesday night after leading Auburn police in a brief pursuit on Interstate 80.

About 10:50 p.m., an Auburn officer observed a white Jeep swerving over multiple lanes on Highway 49, according to a Police Department news release. The officer attempted to stop the Jeep on southbound Highway 49 near Palm Avenue. But the Jeep’s driver, later identified as 45-year-old Thomas Cook (pictured), led officers in a brief chase onto westbound Interstate 80.

Cook eventually pulled to the shoulder, stopping along the off-ramp at the Newcastle Road exit. He and his passenger, Judi Dean-Turk, 44, of Roseville, were taken into custody with the assistance of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol.

Cook was arrested on suspicion of evading a police officer and on a warrant for being a parolee at large, according to police.

Dean-Turk was arrested for a felony warrant out of Placer County.

Both were booked into Placer County Jail.