A man and woman were taken into custody this afternoon after leading law enforcement officers on a chase from Elk Grove to Citrus Heights, and throwing out weapons and checks along the way.
California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Officer Lizz Dutton said a stolen 2003 Saturn was stopped by CHP officers on Interstate 80 east of Elkhorn Boulevard about 2:30 this afternoon. Arrested were the driver, Brant Filosena, 33, whose driver's license listed a Milpitas address, and his passenger, Erica Dumin, 33, of Fairfield.
Dutton said an Orangevale resident had reported the Saturn stolen on Sunday.
The pursuit began when an Elk Grove police officer ran the license plate of the vehicle in the area of Highway 99 and Elk Grove Boulevard, said Elk Grove Police Department spokesman Christopher Trim. The car came back stolen, Trim said, so the officer followed it onto northbound Highway 99 while requesting backup.
Additional officers caught up with the vehicle near Mack Road and tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver did not yield, Trim said.
Dutton said CHP officers joined in the chase.
As the vehicle continued northbound, an occupant threw out a shotgun near Fruitridge Road, Dutton said. Then a revolver was thrown out near Watt Avenue. Checks also were tossed out of the vehicle.
Dutton said CHP officers used a pursuit technique that caused the Saturn driver to lose control, bringing the vehicle to a stop.
She said the vehicle was filled with all kinds of property, including tools and a computer.
Filosena was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, evading police by driving in a reckless manner, possession of a geometric throwing weapon, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics paraphernalia and driving with a suspended or revoked license. Bail was set at $75,000.
Dumin was booked on suspicion of possession of narcotics and possession of narcotics paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $5,000.
Bee staff writer Kim Minugh contributed to this report.