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Men in stolen car ram patrol cars, remain in jail

Eyewitness shares what he saw
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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Two Castro Valley men remained in custody Wednesday after reportedly ramming a stolen car into two Placer County Sheriff?s Office patrol cars Tuesday, according to a press release issued by Dena Erwin, spokesperson for the Placer County Sheriff?s Office on Wednesday. Around 1 p.m., deputies began following Joseph L. Engel, 21, and Daniel Collins, 20, after they ran the license plate on the Honda they were driving and found out the car was stolen from Penryn. The car turned onto Town Court, near Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, when Engel, who was driving, swerved into the opposing lane and struck a patrol car head-on. Engel proceeded to back up and ram another patrol car. Two detective?s vehicles were also damaged by Engel, Erwin added. No one was injured in the incident. Rob Teora, 59, of Auburn pulled over to the right on Grass Valley Highway near the scene of the incident when he heard sirens. ?I saw an officer in the street with a gun pulled, two hands on it and he was pointing his gun to the left just as a car was coming south on Town Court that parallels (Highway) 49,? Teora said He also heard what he thought were gunshots, but Lieutenant Mark Reed of the sheriff?s office said no shots were fired in the incident. ?I thought, ?well, geez what happens if this other guy starts firing back toward the officer?? At that point in time I felt right in the line of fire,? Teora said. ?I didn?t want to be close to the incident or action.? After catching a glimpse for about two to three seconds, Teora said he was able to proceed on Highway 49 away from the scene. Engel was arrested on charges of vehicle theft, assault with a deadly weapon, evading, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of burglary tools. Collins was booked on charges of possession of stolen property and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Deputies found a second stolen vehicle parked at the Galena Drive address the men were associated with. That car had been reported stolen from Davis, Erwin said. As of Wednesday evening they were being held at Placer County Jail with Collins? bail set at $5,000 and Engel?s bail set at $25,000. ?I thought the officer did a great job,? Teora said. Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com, or follow her on Twitter @AJ_News.