CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA - Sacramento County sheriff's deputies had to arrest the same man twice Sunday morning after he managed to escape custody during hospital treatment.
Deputies said 31-year-old Zaveone Grant is an active parolee who went to great lengths to avoid arrest.
Officers first tried to pull him over in a traffic stop shortly before 4 a.m., but Grant sped off. During the pursuit, he allegedly rammed an occupied patrol car near the 3500 block of Edison Avenue.
"Officers found a small amount of narcotics in his car, so that's why we believe he fled," Sgt. Jason Ramos said.
After the crash, Grant fled on foot, but was soon arrested by officers. Deputies said he had minor injuries from the crash and from resisting arrest, so they brought him to Mercy San Juan Hospital for treatment.
"In between the custody exchange between our officers and hospital staff, he found an opportunity," said Ramos. "He was unhandcuffed for a brief time and decided to run from the hospital. If you saw him running, there was no indication he was injured at all. He was able to out run officers for a brief period of time."
Grant ran into a nearby neighborhood and was seen jumping fences and running through yards. He was finally cornered in one backyard on Parkview Way. Deputies said he struggled with officers before being handcuffed.
Grant is charged with felony assault on an officer with a deadly weapon, felony evasion of a peace officer, escaping from custody, and minor narcotic charges.