There was a police chase in the Yolo Bypass on Monday that started after a carjacking at the Taco Bell in East Davis. Prior to the carjacking, Davis Police ran the license plate on a car that was parked at a nearby Motel 6. That car came up stolen.
We received this note from a Davis Patch reader early Monday afternoon. Keep in mind that Taco Bell and Motel 6 are right next to each other:
A lady was carjacked while waiting at the drive through window for her food. The lady was being questioned by police and EMTs. As I waited, several sheriff cars went screaming around the corner up Mace Blvd toward Chiles Road. This just happened (prior to 2:19 when I arrived).
UPDATE: The Davis Police Department released the following statement after the man in the above story was arrested. This incident led to the arrest of 34-year-old James Hammons, a parolee at large out of Arkansas with six felony warrants for his arrest. The warrants stem from charges including fraud, forgery, burglary, identity theft, and a fugitive from justice, according to the Davis Police Department. In addition, 39-year-old Sara Lee Mathews of Arkansas was arrested, as you can read in the report below.
The whole situation started when a Davis Police Officer checked the registration of a parked vehicle in the Motel 6 parking lot. We’ll let Lt. Glenn Glasgow of the Davis Police Department take it from here:
While attempting to confirm the status of the vehicle, a male subject in the vicinity of the vehicle saw the officer and fled on foot. When the officer drove onto Chiles Rd., he was flagged down by citizens reporting a carjacking that just occurred in the Taco Bell lot, which is located just west of the Motel 6.
The officer spotted the victim’s vehicle fleeing eastbound on Chiles Rd. and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The suspect drove the vehicle into the Yolo Bypass area and south on a levee road. The suspect was able to briefly elude officers in the bypass area. With the assistance of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department, the victim’s vehicle was located in the bypass area, unoccupied. As additional police resources arrived in the area, residents near County Road 106 and County Road 38 notified Deputies of a suspicious subject.
The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department, Solano County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol, and the Department of Fish and Game assisted Davis PD in establishing a perimeter around a corn field where the subject was last seen running. After searching for approximately two hours, the CHP helicopter spotted a male subject matching the description of the carjacking suspect lying in the corn field. Announcements were made allowing the suspect an opportunity to surrender to law enforcement officials. When the suspect was non-compliant, Davis Police K-9 Cane was used to apprehend the suspect.
At this point in time, the identity of the suspect is unknown, but was identified as the suspect of the carjacking. The suspect was lodged at the Monroe Detention Facility on charges of carjacking, evading, possession of a stolen vehicle, and resisting arrest.
At approximately 1900 hours, while waiting to conduct a search of the suspect’s room, a female attempted to access the room (of the Motel 6) and was ultimately arrested for an outstanding “No Bail” warrant out of Arkansas. The female was identified as Sara Lee Mathews, 39 years old.