U.S. Marshals have caught a man wanted for crashing into an Orange County police officer’s car. He was found in Grass Valley, hiding in a dirt hole.
The original incident happened back on March 3 in Buena Park. Andrew Christian Stewart, 25, had been leading a police officer on a chase in a stolen car. Stewart ended up on a dead-end street.
But, as the officer was getting out of his car, Stewart spun his car around and hit the gas, aiming for the police car. The officer jumped back in just before Stewart rammed driver side of the patrol car – injuring the officer.
Stewart’s stolen car was found a short time later, but he was gone.
U.S. Marshal’s took over the case and soon got a tip that Stewart may be in Nevada County.
Officers were soon led to Grass Valley. Sunday, U.S. Marshals, Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies and a CHP K-9 unit showed up at a home along Cone Tree Trail.
The house was surrounded and two women got out. But, Stewart didn’t.
Marshals then entered the home, along with the K-9, to look for Stewart. Soon, the K-9 led authorities to a dirt hole in the basement, where Stewart was found. He was taken into custody without incident.
Stewart is now being held in Nevada County Jail as he awaits extradition to Southern California for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer charges.