Sheriff: Transient arrested after I-5 police pursuit, ramming deputy's car

6:28 PM, Jan 6, 2014   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO - A transient was booked into Yolo County Jail for allegedly pointing a gun at a sheriff's deputy then ramming his car into the deputy's patrol unit Sunday night.

The deputy fired two rounds at the Jaguar. The driver, identified as John August Schroiff, 28, was taken into custody with the aid of two California Highway Patrol Officers who detained after him after he fled the car and ran behind a truck stop onto Interstate 5 in the area of County Road 8.

No one was injured.

Schroiff was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon likely to cause great bodily injury, assault with a firearm on a peace officer, being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, and felony evading a peace officer, said sheriff's spokesperson Mark Persons.

The situation unfolded at about 8:20 p.m. when the deputy reported trying to pull over Schroiff's car on northbound I-5 in Woodland for expired license plates. Persons said the driver refused to stop and accelerated to speeds of more than 110 mph while weaving in and out of freeway traffic.

The deputy followed until abandoning the pursuit when he lost sight of the car south of Dunnigan, Persons said. However, moments later, the deputy located the suspect car making a u-turn on County Road 8. That is when Schroiff allegedly brandished a gun and aimed his car toward the deputy, Persons said.

Officers found a handgun between where Schroiff abandoned his vehicle and where he was captured, Persons said.

Bail was set at $260,000 for Schroiff. He was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday.


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