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Yuba City cop chase ends with man running to jail

A man fleeing from officers conveniently ran toward the Sutter County Jail where a deputy not involved in the chase took him into custody because he was in a restricted area.

The man was part of a trio of Florida residents who were in a Jeep about 1:30 p.m. Saturday that was observed running a red light in Yuba City. A CHP officer tried to pull the Jeep over by activating lights and siren but the driver would not stop for about a quarter of a mile.

At that point, the three men bailed from the vehicle and ran away, two of them being caught nearby. The third ran behind the Sutter County Jail on Civic Center Boulevard.

There, a Sutter County Sheriff’s deputy who was not part of the chase saw the driver of the Jeep running in a restricted area.

According to a CHP press release, the driver drew a handgun from his waistband, prompting the deputy to fire. That caused the driver to give up and he was taken into custody.

Clorenzo Griffin, 37, of Fort Lauderdale, was arrested on charges including suspicion of robbery, assault and a drug charge. Andre Dion Jamison, 29, and Rodney Stewart Rackley Jr., 24, were arrested on suspicion of robbery and a drug charge.

Marijuana was found in the Jeep. Officers suspect that the men took the marijuana at gunpoint from someone in Yuba City, according to the CHP press release.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.