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CHP: Two men in Highway 50 onramp crash were wanted felons

Crews rescue two from truck after Highway 50 onramp crash

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews extricated two people from a mid-size truck following a crash on a Highway 50 onramp at Bradshaw Road.
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Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews extricated two people from a mid-size truck following a crash on a Highway 50 onramp at Bradshaw Road.

Two men injured when their truck crashed Tuesday afternoon on a Highway 50 onramp at Bradshaw Road were wanted felons trying to flee Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Crews from the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District extricated James Anaya, 26, of Antioch and Rich Miller, 29, of Woodland from their overturned 2004 Chevy Silverado.

The crash occurred at 4:36 p.m. as sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop the Silverado for vehicle code violations as it was southbound on Bradshaw Road at Oates Drive. Instead of stopping, the driver attempted to accelerate and enter the freeway, where the truck clipped the front of a 2015 Mazda 8, driven by 36-year-old Steven Garcia of Elk Grove, according to a CHP news release.

Anaya, identified as the driver of the Silverado, lost control of the truck, striking a road sign and an overhead street light. The truck overturned several times.

Anaya and Miller were pinned in the upside-down vehicle and were pulled out by firefighters. Both men were arrested at the scene and taken to UC Davis Medical Center with moderate injuries, according to the CHP.

Garcia was not injured.

Anaya and Miller were wanted felons, and Anaya was identified as a parolee at large, the CHP reported. Their vehicle contained thousands of dollars in loose bills, along with pounds of methamphetamine and heroin, according to the CHP.

The onramp to westbound Highway 50 from southbound Bradshaw Road was closed for about 90 minutes as cash, drugs and the vehicle were recovered.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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