A man suspected of a carjacking in Davis this afternoon has been taken into custody after being tracked to a cornfield southeast of Davis.
Davis Police Department spokesman Lt. Glenn Glasgow said the incident began about 1:30 p.m. when a Davis officer on patrol ran the registration on an apparent stolen vehicle parked at the Motel 6 at Chiles Road. As the officer tried to confirm the status of that vehicle, he saw a man run from the area on foot. The officer began to pursue the man in his police vehicle.
At Chiles Road, the officer was flagged down by people who said a car had just been carjacked at a Taco Bell west of the Motel 6. The suspect, described as a white man in his 30s, reportedly pushed a woman out of the vehicle, a Honda Pilot, and drove off. Glasgow said the woman was not injured.
Police quickly saw the Honda and a vehicle pursuit began east on Chiles Road. The suspect drove into the Yolo Bypass and south on a levee road. Because of the condition of the road, the patrol vehicle slowed and the officer lost sight of the fleeing suspect, police said.
The Yolo County Sheriff's Department was called to assist, and the unoccupied Honda was found at County Roads 106 and 36, Glasgow said.
The search continued throughout the afternoon near the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area with assistance from the Solano County Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol and the state Department of Fish and Game.
Shortly before 6 p.m., a CHP air unit identified the suspect in a cornfield and told him to surrender. When the man failed to do so, a K-9 officer was sent to apprehend him, Glasgow said.
The suspect's name was not immediately released.