Two people from Antioch and Martinez were in custody Wednesday after a Lafayette parking enforcement officer equipped with an automated license plate reader identified a stolen car in the city, calling in another officer who gave chase after the car sped away at speeds estimated at 100 mph.
An LPD spokesman said the incident began at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when the parking officer got a “hit” on a maroon Lexus on Mt. Diablo Boulevard. The parking officer notified a marked unit of the discovery and the police vehicle fell in behind the Lexus as the driver allegedly took off at speeds in excess of 90mph on eastbound Highway 24, southbound Interstate 680 and then northbound 680. The suspect vehicle stopped on the freeway off-ramp at South Main Street, police said, and a felony stop – guns drawn – was effected.
Witnesses told NEWS24-680 that the female passenger was holding her arms up and out the window as if in surrender during much of the chase. News of the pursuit was first carried on this site’s Facebook page.
Police said both driver and a passenger were both arrested and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility.
They were identified as:
- Driver: Rodrick Braz, 36, Martinez
Arrested for stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, felony evasion, probation violation and outstanding felony warrants.
- Passenger: Katie Johnson, 32, Antioch
Arrested for stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, probation violation and outstanding felony warrants.Both are being held on no bail status. The vehicle was confirmed to be stolen from Walnut Creek, according to Lafayette police.