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Vacaville Police Vehicle Catches Fire Following Pursuit in Solano County

VACAVILLE — A Vacaville Police Department vehicle caught fire following a pursuit on Tuesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, an officer overheard the CHP looking for a reckless vehicle, that was reported stolen out of Galt, driving eastbound on I-80 toward Vacaville.

Seconds later, the officer spotted the vehicle speeding near Lagoon Valley Road. The officer caught up to the vehicle and tried to pull it over before the Interstate 505. The suspect did not stop and continued driving onto northbound I-505.

The pursuit lasted about 10 miles up and down I-505 and the suspect reached speeds of 120 mph. The suspect drove on the shoulder, ran stop signs and almost caused a crash on the Vaca Valley Parkway off-ramp.

The suspect’s vehicle spun out of control in the dirt and grass ¬†area near the off-ramp. When the suspect’s vehicle became stuck, officers moved in and tried to get the suspect to come out. After the juvenile driver was taken into custody, an officer spotted smoke coming out from under a patrol car.

Not knowing what was on fire, officers took the other two occupants of the stolen vehicle into custody and got them to safety.

The flames quickly spread, burning one patrol vehicle and the stolen vehicle.

All three suspects in the case are juveniles from Stockton. Their names will not be released because of their ages. They face charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, conspiracy to commit a crime, probation violation and felony evading.