An eventful police pursuit rattled a south Sacramento neighborhood Saturday morning as authorities said a suspect backed into a police vehicle, hit a parked car and continued to flee on foot into someone’s backyard.
Officers from the Sacramento Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop at 10:21 a.m. Friday on a vehicle for a registration violation near the 5500 block of Mack Road, according to department spokeswoman Traci Trapani. The vehicle was not stolen, she said.
When officers tried to stop the vehicle, a pursuit ensued. One police vehicle chased the suspect westbound on Mack Road to southbound Center Parkway. The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Edward Robinson, allegedly dropped a firearm out of his car window and kept driving. He later stopped his vehicle and reversed into the police vehicle, police said.
No officers sustained life-threatening injuries though one officer had back pain, Trapani said.
Officers continued the chase onto Loorz Court, where Robinson struck a parked vehicle and then fled on foot, police said. Multiple patrol units arrived, established a perimeter and located Robinson in a nearby residential backyard.
There was a large community barbecue going on at St. Anthony Church that morning and many people witnessed the end of the chase, Trapani said. The event, hosted by ReImagine Mack Road Foundation, was focused on improving the neighborhood by painting fences and pulling weeds, she said.
“It did disrupt that event because we were there trying to locate the suspect,” she said.
Robinson was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of resisting arrest, assault with a deadly weapon, a parole violation, felon in possession of a concealable firearm and evading. The firearm that Robinson allegedly discarded was ultimately located and booked as evidence by patrol officers, according to police.