Suspected Car Thief Arrested After Ramming CHP Vehicle

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A suspected car thief was the subject of a manhunt after the CHP said he tried to run down two of its patrol officers. One officer fired a shot during the incident.

The suspect raced away in the stolen SUV and jumped out while it was still moving and hopped a fence a block away.

“Since there was a shot fired, we have a shooting team, sheriff's department is out here, the CHP is out here, our air unit,s as you can hear are overhead ... something like this happens, we try and put all our resources together," said CHP spokesperson Jenna Berry.

The CHP patrol officers came to the La Quinta Inn at Madison Avenue and Interstate 80 to assist its Auto Theft Task Force who had spotted the stolen vehicle.

Neighbors were warned by helicopter loudspeakers to stay inside their homes and that a search was on for a dangerous felony suspect.

The suspect was found in a mobile home park on Madison Avenue and arrested. He was not armed at the time.

Two others at the motel, a man and a woman, were detained for questioning and might know the suspect. So far they have not been arrested.

The identity of the suspect hasn't been released and charges are still being sorted out. But authorities say it will most likely include assault on a police officer and evading arrest.