Tuesday Feb 01 2011
CHP officers stop chase suspect on I-80
By: Gloria Beverage Colfax Record Editor
Sacramento carjacker reportedly armed
A chase that included four patrol cars and a helicopter overhead ended when a spike strip stopped the driver of an allegedly stolen pick-up truck. Gold Run California Highway Patrol officers Kevin Kraig and Chris Nave were instrumental in helping capture 33-year-old Sacramento resident Jeffrey Hill, who was an armed carjacker fleeing from Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday afternoon. Around 11:30 a.m., Sacramento Sheriff’s deputies called for assistance in the pursuit of an armed suspect headed eastbound on Interstate 80, reported Gold Run CHP spokesman Todd Kettwig. Auburn highway patrol officers joined in the pursuit near Newcastle and continued up the hill, he continued. Just before 1 p.m., the two Gold Run officers were able to deploy a spike strip on the road near the Canyon Way overpass. “It struck the right front tire. He traveled another 3-1/2 miles toward Cape Horn, pulled to the shoulder and surrendered without incident or injury to officers or others,” Kettwig said. Auburn CHP spokesman David Martinez said the driver was traveling at speeds of about 55 mph to 60 mph. He added that about four patrol officers followed the driver and held back traffic while a helicopter monitored the chase overhead. Hill, who had a handgun tucked in his waistband, was arrested and transported back to Sacramento, according to Kettwig. Gold Country Media’s Jenifer Gee contributed to this report.