Crime, Fire + Courts

2 pursuits, 2 arrests keep Woodland officers busy

By From page A2 | April 24, 2014

Authorities in Woodland had their hands full during the night, responding to two separate vehicle pursuits in the city.

The first occurred at about 8:25 p.m. as Woodland police officers responded to reports of a gun brandishing in the 1100 block of Matmor Road, Sgt. Brett Hancock said. While en route to the scene, officers spotted the suspect vehicle at East Street and Gum Avenue and attempted a traffic stop, but “the driver raced off,” Hancock said.

The vehicle, a Dodge Ram, crashed at McKinley and Cross streets, and the driver, 35-year-old Robert Anthony Aragon of Woodland, was taken into custody about two hours later while hiding in the side yard of a home in the 600 block of West Street, Hancock said.

A second pursuit that began in the California Highway Patrol’s Chico jurisdiction entered the Woodland city limits at about 5:15 a.m., with the driver exiting at West Street and traveling southbound. Officer Joelle McChesney said units terminated the chase at that point due to public safety concerns.

But officers were still patrolling the city when they came upon the suspect’s crashed truck in the area of West and Palomar streets, launching a search that ended with the arrest of 21-year-old Elijah Taylor of Prospect, Oregon, in a backyard shed on Midway Drive, McChesney said.

Both Aragon and Taylor were lodged at the Yolo County Jail on multiple charges. A West Sacramento K-9 unit and CHP helicopter crew assisted local authorities during the incidents.

Lauren Keene

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