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Sonoma County Sheriff's Office
Saturday September 28th, 2019 :: 03:39 p.m. PDT

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Santa Rosa man arrested for leading Deputies in a vehicle pursuit.

At about 9:50 AM, Sheriff’s Deputies along with Officers from the California Highway Patrol responded to the area of Falstaff Rd, Sebastopol for a reported car theft and trespassing complaint.  Two suspects, a male and a female, were trespassing and when told to leave by the property owner, began to steal a truck from an adjacent vineyard. The owner of the truck caught the female attempting to drive off the property in the truck and was able to stop her.  Both suspects then fled the area on a Harley Davidson type motorcycle with an Oregon license plate.  During the interaction at the truck, the male suspect made a motion during the incident that led the victim to believe the suspect had a gun behind his back.  Both suspects were identified during this incident, Deputies and CHP Officers were on the lookout for them.

 

Then, at approximately 2:30, Deputies learned the two suspects were staying at a residence just north of Bodega Bay near Portuguese Beach.  Camille Steele (35) from Bodega Bay, and Michael Greene (44) from Santa Rosa, both had felony arrest warrants unrelated to the earlier car theft.  Several Deputies went to the area to look for both of them and the motorcycle.  Steele was arrested in the area of Portuguese Beach, Bodega Bay, without incident, but was alone when she was contacted.  Deputies remained in the area after Steele was taken to the Sonoma County Jail, suspecting that Greene was in the area or would be returning to the area to join Steele.  

 

At approximately 5:25, Greene was observed traveling northbound Hwy 1 passing Coleman Beach on his motorcycle.  A Deputy attempted to pull the motorcycle over, when Greene did not stop and began speeding away.  This began the pursuit aGreene on his motorcycle northbound on Hwy 1 and then eastbound on Hwy 116 towards Guerneville.  Henry 1 was able to get over the pursuit near Duncan’s Mills, but due to the heavy tree cover, patrol cars needed to remain in the pursuit as the helicopter would lose sight of the motorcycle during portions of the pursuit. 

 

While Greene was being pursued westbound on Hwy 116 through Pocket Canyon, Greene pulled out the loaded pistol he had on him and threw it into the roadway as observed by a Deputy immediately behind him.  The gun was immediately recovered with the assistance of a California State Parks Ranger and turned over to the Sheriff’s Office.

 

The complete pursuit lasted approximately 35 minutes and ended when Greene’s motorcycle had mechanical failures and he put his bike on the ground in the 10000 block of Westside Rd.  Greene immediately resisted arrest, but was taken into custody at the scene.

 

Greene was arrested and booked into the Sonoma County Jail by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office for Felony vehicle evasion, three felony weapons charges related to his being a previously convicted felon, and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.  The California Highway Patrol also arrested him for Felony conspiring to steal the truck from the morning incident.  He was also booked for his outstanding Felony arrest warrant out of Sonoma County.

 

Steele was arrested and booked into the Sonoma County Jail for her outstanding Felony warrant out of Marin County.  The California Highway Patrol also arrested her for the felony theft of the truck and conspiracy to commit that crime.

 

The Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to ensuring that subjects who are known to them to be committing crimes of violence against the community are located and arrested for those crimes in the safest manner.  Occasionally, the suspects disregard the public safety for their own gain and then it is up to the Sheriff’s Office to stop them while keeping the safety of our community first.  While this pursuit was lengthy, it was necessary to stop and arrest an armed person who has shown his intention to endanger the public.  There were no accidents and no persons were injured as a result of this pursuit and arrest.  We thank those who were in the area of this pursuit for your cooperation with safe driving as law enforcement worked to resolve this problem.

 

Press release prepared by Lt Brandon Cutting.

Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Case #190827-020

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