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Windsor car burglary suspects arrested after crashing into patrol car

WINDSOR (CBS SF) — Two San Francisco men have been arrested for auto burglary after crashing into a Windsor patrol car and a high-speed chase.

Windsor police said Carlos Gutierres, 29, and Nelson Rivera-Ajca, 25, are being held on charges of possession of stolen property, burglary, grand larceny and conspiracy, among other charges.

Investigators said a Windsor Police deputy was on a routine patrol around 3.20am Friday when he observed an occupied car parked in the gated parking lot of the Windsor Palms shopping centre.

The deputy approached the car and shone his flashlight in the driver’s compartment. Immediately the driver started the car and began to back up.

Based on the time of day and the suspicious nature of the driver’s actions, the deputy yelled at the driver to stop and he complied.

When questioned, the two men were unable to produce any identification. They gave their names verbally.

While speaking with the driver, the deputy noticed many miscellaneous construction tools strewn about the rear passenger seat.

As the deputy returned to his patrol car to confirm the driver’s name, the driver again started his car, reversed and nearly hit the deputy. The driver then rammed the deputy’s patrol car and fled the parking lot at high speed.

The deputy radioed for help and chased the suspect vehicle down the Old Redwood Freeway southbound, reaching a speed of 80 mph. The suspect and passenger continued to drive eastbound on East Shiloh Road, where their car came to a stop at the gated gate of the Shiloh Ridge Estate gated community.

Additional deputies arrived to assist as the suspect vehicle attempted a U-turn maneuver at the closed door. The suspect’s vehicle became stuck in rock landscaping and the two occupants fled on foot. The two suspects were apprehended after a brief foot chase.

During the follow-up investigation, it was determined that construction tools and other property located in the suspect’s car were stolen in two unreported car break-ins in Windsor. The victims of the burglaries have been contacted and their property has been returned.