PIT maneuver traps DUI driver
An El Verano man is facing multiple charges after he reportedly rammed two Sheriff’s vehicles following a traffic stop in Santa Rosa.
According to a release from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, at about 12:55 a.m. on Sunday, a deputy tried to stop a vehicle for following too closely in the area of Highway 12 near Fulton Road. The vehicle continued eastbound on Highway 12, taking the Stony Point Road exit.
The vehicle turned into the Stony Point Plaza but the driver would not yield to the deputy’s overhead lights and siren. A second deputy arrived in the area and a short pursuit began in the Stony Point Plaza parking lot.
As the suspect attempted to leave the parking lot, the deputy performed a PIT (pursuit intervention technique) maneuver in an attempt to stop the vehicle. But the maneuver failed and the vehicle headed southbound on Stony Point Road. Deputies tried a second PIT maneuver that was successful.
But the suspect drove forward striking one of the Sheriff’s vehicles. He then put his vehicle in reverse and struck the second Sheriff’s car in the driver’s door. The deputy was getting out of his vehicle when he saw the suspect driving in reverse at him. The suspect struck the open door as the deputy jumped back into his vehicle for protection. The suspect vehicle was then pinned in by both Sheriff’s vehicles, and the suspect was eventually taken into custody.