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CHP arrest fugitive in Alta

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With the help of community members, California Highway Patrol officials arrested a San Francisco fugitive in Alta. CHP Gold Run Area officer Lowell Monday attempted to stop a Toyota minivan driving 85 to 90 mph westbound on Interstate 80 near Drum Forebay the afternoon of Jan. 21. The driver, later identified as 23-year-old Kyle Bassett of San Francisco, refused to stop and continued down the interstate until taking the Alta exit. He drove through the exit and went back onto the on ramp and began to pass traffic on the right-hand shoulder of the road. When Monday temporarily lost sight of the van, he radioed to other CHP officers for assistance. Monday took the Dutch Flat exit and was then directed by witnesses that the minivan was fleeing on Ridge Road. Four other officers joined Monday. CHP Sgt. Paul Wolowic and Officer Todd Kettwig soon found the minivan at a home on E. Towle Road. Bassett reportedly tried to escape but was blocked by Wolowic. An investigation found that the minivan was stolen out of San Francisco Jan. 17. Bassett is a California state prison parolee. He was wanted and had a warrant for his arrest for burglary in San Francisco. He was booked into Placer County Jail in Auburn on several charges including possession of a stolen vehicle, receiving stolen property, felony evading, driving with a suspended license and he was held on a parole hold. John Arrabit, CHP Gold Run Area commander, thanked the community for their help. “Bassett obviously had no regard for the safety of the people in our community and only wanted to escape,” Arrabit said in a news release. “His actions could have resulted in serious injury, or death, to an innocent person. It’s good to see the community working together with their local law enforcement to keep our communities safe.” -Staff report