Sacto 9-1-1
May 15, 2011
Police K-9 helps nab Woodland man after stolen car chase

A 20-year-old man suspected in gang involvement was booked into the Yolo County Jail early today for investigation of felony auto theft and other charges following a brief police chase through a residential area of the city, Woodland Police said.

The chase started at 11:25 p.m. Saturday and culminated in the injury of the suspect as he was apprehended with the aid of a police K-9 dog. Two other suspects fled the scene, according to police.

The injured suspect, Armando Mendoza of Woodland, was taken to Davis Sutter Hospital for treatment before his booking. An officer, also injured, was taken by ambulance to Woodland Memorial Hospital, treated and later released.

Police said the pursuit began near the intersection of Cottonwood Street and Kentucky Avenue. The chase continued southbound to Mariposa Avenue and then eastbound to Muir Court. As suspects were fleeting, the stolen vehicle collided with parked cars, police said.

All three occupants of the stolen vehicle ran from the car and from police, a police spokesman reported. The two who escaped were last seen running northbound on Mariposa Avenue.

Mendoza faces charges of felony resisting arrest and criminal street gang activity and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Police are asking anyone with information on the case to call the police dispatch center at (530) 666-2411.

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