Sacto 9-1-1
August 27, 2013
Citrus Heights man in custody after pursuit, standoff with CHP

A 27-year-old Citrus Heights man is in custody after he led the California Highway Patrol on a brief pursuit and then locked himself in a bathroom while threatening to hurt himself.

The man, who apparently has mental health issues, was hit with a Taser but otherwise not injured, according to the CHP.

The incident began about 3:30 p.m. when the CHP received a call of somebody doing donuts in the area of Auburn Boulebard and Watt Avenue.

Soon thereafter, an officer in the area saw a man driving a Ford Mustang pull out of a gas station on Hemlock Street, between Auburn and Palm Avenue, and drive on the wrong side of the road, said CHP spokeswoman Officer Lizz Dutton.

The officer tried to stop the driver, but he failed to yield, and a pursuit ensued, Dutton said.

As the man was driving, the hood of his car flew up and blocked his windshield, but he continued to drive northbound on Auburn Boulevard, Dutton said.

The man then parked outside of an antique store on Auburn Boulevard that is owned by his grandmother, Dutton said. He ran to the back of the store and barricaded himself in the bathroom. When officers tried to go in and get him, he threatened to hurt himself with broken glass.

Citrus Heights police also arrived on scene to help.

Firefighters assisted by cutting a hole in the wall, which distracted the man long enough for officers to move in and use a Taser, Dutton said. They then were able to safely detain him after about an hour-long standoff.

His grandmother told officers he suffers from bipolar disorder and other mental issues, Dutton said.

- Kim Minugh

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