FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 18, 2012 –
By Steve Marschke
Seven juveniles believed to have jumped out of a stolen car in Southport were taken into custody Sunday night after an intense search that included a helicopter and K-9 dog teams.
Things started at 11:43 p.m. when a call came in from the Ramada Inn on Halyard Drive in West Sacramento, reported Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department.
“They had a concert at Ramada Inn with over 500 attending,” said Steele. “A fight broke out. Our officers responded to assist security (personnel). One of our officers arrived, and saw a vehicle leave at a high speed. He got behind it, and ran the plates, and it came back stolen.”
Police chased the Ford Explorer to Southport, where it crashed and lost a wheel near Southport Parkway, Otis Avenue and Turlock Street.
“The occupants fled. Numerous outside agencies assisted, including Sacramento P.D., the CHP, and our agency.”
Police dog teams from both Sacramento and West Sacramento came to the scene, as did a Sacramento police helicopter, said Steele.
Three suspects – a 17-year old girl and two 15-year old boys – turned themselves in fairly quickly. Others “were in fields and backyards,” said Steele.
After being warned, police turned loose police dogs to find the other fleeing teens, and took custody of four more – all aged between 15-17, with addresses in Sacramento and Elk Grove. At least two of the hiding suspects were apparently bit by police dogs sent in to get them, said Steele.
“It is believed they are all in custody,” said Steele. “They were taken into custody for possession of stolen property (the car) and resisting arrest.”
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