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Car thief leads authorities on high-speed chase, eludes capture

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A suspected car thief led Placer County Sheriff’s deputies on a high speed chase before escaping on foot in Loomis. According to Dena Erwin, sheriffs spokesperson, on Friday evening, May 6, at the Penryn park and ride area, a Placer County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull over a silver Honda that had been reported stolen in Grass Valley. The driver refused to stop and led officers on a chase of up to 80 mph before crashing into an SUV on Holly Hill Lane, in Loomis. The suspect, described as a 5-foot, 8-inch tall, white male, weighing over 200 pounds escaped on foot. He jumped fences and was spotted by a number of residents, including a homeowner on Sudor Lane. A phone alert went out to local residents advising them to stay inside and call 911 if they spotted the suspect. Two helicopters and two canine teams searched in vain for the suspect. The stolen car was towed away. California Highway Patrol, and Roseville and Rocklin police responded.