stolen car chase watsonville police riverside drive
Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

Watsonville Police collect evidence Wednesday morning on Riverside Drive where a man crashed a stolen Honda sedan into a building following a pursuit that started in Aromas. According to police radio traffic, San Benito County Sheriff’s deputies called for assistance from Watsonville Police as they chased the Honda, driven by a man in his mid-30s, west on Riverside Road toward Watsonville around 8:45am. As the Honda sped into town, WPD officers deployed a spike strip and flatted two tires on the Honda. The suspect, however, continued driving west on Riverside, and then crashed into the side of an apartment building on the 100 block of Riverside. There, police deployed a Taser in order to subdue and arrest the man. No other information was available.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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