Three men are behind bars following a car chase through pleasant hill last night. The pursuit ended with the stolen car on its top in a residential neighborhood.
Just before 7PM Monday, a woman called Pleasant Hill Police to report her Jeep Liberty stolen.
“She knew who he was. Officers did make phone contact with them and they said they were bringing the car back and they never did. That`s when our officers located the car a short time later in the Copper Creek area,” says Pleasant Hill Officer Adam Choat.
The pursuing officer reached speeds of 70 miles an hour just to catch up with the suspects. The chase through a twisting and winding residential neighborhood didn`t last long. The driver, David Negrete, lost control of the Jeep and crashed.
“They went over a yard. The front tires hit a curb and that`s when the car flipped over across the street,” says Choat.
With the Jeep on its top, the three men were all but trapped. But for a moment, it looks like one suspect considered running on foot before being surrounded by officers. Tonight, 24-year-old Negrete is facing multiple charges including theft, eluding and a drug charge.
Police arrested his two passengers, Isaiah Jackson and Larry Dellaca, on drug paraphernalia charges. Jackson was wanted on two felony warrants out of Polk County.
Authorities say it's a good thing they caught the suspects when they did.
“We do not like to chase vehicles for a long period of time especially in a residential neighborhood. You never know who can be out and about so the fact that the chase ended quickly was good for everyone involved,” says Choat.
Police say the trio wasn't alone in the stolen Jeep last night. They had a dog with them when they crashed.