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Santa Rosa Police Department
Thursday October 19th, 2017 :: 05:27 a.m. PDT


SRPD Vehicle Pursuit

On Thursday, October 19, 2017, at approximately 2:30 am, two Santa Rosa Police Officers riding together in a marked police car noticed a white minivan driving erratically in the area of Sebastopol Rd. and Doubles Dr. The officers attempted to stop the minivan at Sebastopol Rd. and S. Wright Rd. The minivan failed to yield and led officers on a pursuit west bound on Hwy 12.

The minivan drove into Sebastopol where it ran several red traffic lights and turned south bound onto Hwy 116. The minivan reached speeds of 80 mph. The minivan continued south bound onto Stony Point Rd., into Petaluma. The minivan got onto south bound Hwy 101 and continued south. Officers requested the assistance of the California Highway Patrol who were able to deploy a spike strip on Hwy 101 as the minivan entered Marin County. The spike strip was effective at flattening two of the minivan’s tires. The pursuit was handed over to the CHP who continued to pursue the minivan that was now driving on two rims.

The minivan exited the highway at South Novato Blvd., heading back into the City of Novato. A Novato PD officer deployed a second spike strip which deflated the minivans remaining tires. Due to the sparks created by the vehicle driving on its rims, the minivan began to catch fire.

The driver of the minivan attempted to jump out of the minivan while it was still traveling at approximately 30 mph. The driver exited the vehicle where his body collided with a lane divider sign. The minivan continued approximately sixty yards quickly becoming engulfed in flames.

The driver Jose Rubio-Rivas a 33 year old Santa Rosa resident was arrested on the following charges:


2800.2 (a) VC- Felony evading
1203.2 PC- Violation of Probation
23152(F) VC- Driving Under the Influence
11377(a) HS- Possession of methamphetamine
An outstanding Felony Warrants

Rubio-Rivas was transported to a hospital in Marin County where he was admitted for his injuries.

Further media inquiries can be forwarded to Sgt. Michael Clark at e-mail: [email protected] or phone (707) 543-4028.

Santa Rosa Police Department
965 Sonoma Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-543-3600

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