Police arrest Bay Area pair after high-speed chase in Vacaville

Two Bay Area residents got a good view of Solano County Jail’s interior spaces after leading Vacaville police officers on a brief high-speed chase down Leisure Town Road late Saturday night, with the suspects’ vehicle eventually colliding with another vehicle, then careening across the road, where it struck a power pole, shearing it at the base.

Irisha Smith, 28, of Antioch, and Cornelius Wigfall, 39, of San Francisco, crawled out of their damaged black minivan without serious injury and were taken into custody, the Vacaville Police Department indicated in a social media post at midnight Sunday.

The tale that led to their arrest began when an officer conducted a security check at a local hotel on Orange Drive. During his check of the parking lot, the officer came into contact with Smith and Wigfall.

They were seated in the minivan, the engine running. The officer noticed Wigfall possessed an open container, then asked for identification. Cornelius verbally provided the officer with a false name, a name of which returned to someone on ” searchable post-release community supervision,” according to the post.

The officer told Smith and Wigfall that they would face a “compliance check.”

“Almost immediately,” Smith placed the van in drive and fled at a high rate of speed, “screeching the tires as she pulled out of the parking lot,” the post’s author wrote.

Officers quickly returned to their patrol vehicles and attempted to give chase but were unable to regain sight of them. As the information was being broadcast, another officer, near the intersection of Leisure Town Road and Orange Drive, attempted to stop the van but it failed to yield and a vehicle pursuit ensued.

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During the pursuit, the minivan reached speeds that exceeded 110 mph, according to the officers’ account. As the van fled southbound on Leisure Town Road, it neared the intersection of Ulatis Drive, where it collided with an uninvolved motorist in a white sedan. The collision led the van to “uncontrollably roll across” Leisure Town Road and into a power pole, shearing it off at its base.

After their arrest, Wigfall’s true identity was obtained, and officers learned he had several outstanding felony warrants and was on searchable probation.

Once the scene was safe, a search of the van was conducted. During the search, an officer found an unregistered, loaded, semi-automatic handgun.

Smith and Wigfall were taken to a local hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries just before being booked into jail in Fairfield. They face a variety of charges, among them suspicion of evading, warrants, probation violation, and firearm-related charges, including being a felon in possession of a firearm.

An occupant in the white sedan also was taken to a local hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries. She has since been released, according to the social media post.

The collision with the power pole caused an outage, and, for a time, motorists were urged to avoid driving in the area of Leisure Town Road, between Ulatis Drive and Zephyr.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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