At around 6:22 a.m., Santa Rosa California Highway Patrol was along southbound US-101 in Geyserville when a white Honda Civic refused to stop and drove around a closure. The vehicle then struck a motor officer and a pursuit ensued, CHP Santa Rosa said.
The vehicle sped and drove away going at over 100 mph on the highway and it finally came to a stop after a Sonoma sheriff used a spike strip at Shiloh Rd to stop the vehicle.
Patrick Oneill, who was hospitalized with what police initially said were life-threatening injuries, will be booked into jail once he is cleared from the hospital, police said in a statement Saturday night.
The pursuit was followed by a police stand off after the driver, identified as Eric Van Gelder, refused to exit his vehicle.
Video: Raw Video: Police Standoff Forces Closure of Highway 101 in Santa Rosa
After a failed attempt at negotiations, SWAT teams arrived to the scene at the highway to assist, CHP said.
According to Santa Rosa CHP, US-101 northbound reopened at 9:18 a.m. and US-101 southbound was reopened at 9:31 a.m.
Highway 101 near Santa Rosa was closed in both directions due to a police standoff on the highway on Sunday morning.
“Occupants of the pursued vehicle are refusing to exit the vehicle and a standoff continues,” they tweeted a little after 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
The highway was closed between River Road and Airport Blvd for over two hours. At 9:40 a.m., CHP Santa Rosa tweeted that one suspect was in custody and the highway was reopening.
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