Sacto 9-1-1
September 17, 2012
Car-theft suspect accused of ramming Citrus Heights police car

Corey Lather.jpgA San Francisco man was arrested Saturday after allegedly ramming a Citrus Heights police car as he tried to flee from officers.

About 6:30 p.m., a Citrus Heights officer spotted an occupied stolen vehicle near Greenback and Van Maren lanes. The driver, identified as 27-year-old Corey Lather (pictured), fled in the vehicle, according to a Police Department news release.

The officer pursued Lather onto Mariposa Avenue and continued onto Challis Court. Lather turned around in the cul de sac and attempted to escape by ramming the police vehicle, officials said.

The force of the collision rendered the stolen vehicle inoperable, and Lather was taken into custody without further incident.

The officer involved in the collision suffered minor injuries, and the patrol vehicle sustained minor damage, police said.

Lather was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of taking or possessing a vehicle without the owner's consent, reckless driving with wanton disregard for public safety, driving on a suspended license, possession of stolen property, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and probation violation.

Police said Lather has seven felony convictions for vehicle theft and four for felony reckless driving. He was released from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation under AB 109, California Criminal Justice Realignment. At the time of his arrest, according to police, he was on post release community supervision.

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