Citrus Heights police are looking for the driver of a stolen vehicle that crashed after leading an officer on a chase early this morning.
Police officers have been conducting targeted patrols in the area of Westboork and Halifax streets in an effort to locate criminals responsible for recent automobile thefts and other vehicle-related thefts in the neighborhood, according to a Police Department news release.
About 2:20 this morning, an officer patrolling in the neighborhood noticed that a lone vehicle that passed him in the opposite direction was traveling at a very slow speed. When the officer turned around to investigate, the vehicle, a stolen 1997 Honda Accord, was driven away at a high speed in an apparent attempt evade the officer.
A pursuit, covering less than a mile, ended when the Honda struck a fire hydrant near Halifax and Auburn Boulevard. The driver, the only occupant of the vehicle, ran from the scene.
Additional officers and a Citrus Heights police dog searched the area but did not locate the suspect.
Inside the stolen Honda, police found vehicle burglary and automobile theft tools, police reported.
Investigators seek to locate the driver of the vehicle, and anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department at (916) 727-5500. People who wish to remain anonymous may call the department's Crime Tip Line at (916) 727-5524 and refer to case No. 1115007.