Crime - Sacto 911

Suspect escapes CHP patrol car, bolts across Highway 50

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A suspect in a car theft escaped from the back seat of a California Highway Patrol cruiser and bolted across Highway 50 on Wednesday night in West Sacramento before being placed in custody again.

Charles Ames, 29, was eventually arrested on suspicion of assault, escape and vehicle theft.

The CHP said the troubles with Ames began about 7 p.m. when an officer ran the license plate on the sport-utility vehicle he was driving westbound on Highway 50 near Harbor Boulevard.

The computer aboard the patrol unit showed the SUV was stolen. Simultaneously, the SUV pulled over and came to a stop.

The officer, forced to pull in front of the SUV by the abrupt stop, got out and approached the SUV. Ames then drove forward, causing the officer to draw his weapon and order him to stop.

Ames did so and was placed in the back seat of the patrol vehicle. He didn’t stay long.

As officers started to tend to the stolen car, Ames somehow escaped from the patrol car and ran across all lanes of Highway 50 into West Sacramento.

With the assistance of other police agencies and a CHP aircraft, Ames was spotted and arrested at about 9 p.m.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews