the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, on August 22, 2014 at 12:25AM, a Sonoma County Deputy Sheriff was on routine patrol travelling southbound on highway 101 near the Hearn Avenue onramp, Santa Rosa. His attention was drawn to a silver Audi wagon passing him well over 100 MPH.The Deputy got behind the vehicle and turned on his lights and siren. The driver initially braked and slowed slightly, but then stepped on the gas and sped up well over 100 mph again. The driver was driving completely recklessly and with no regard for anyone else on the road. The car needed to be stopped before the driver hurt someone.The car took the Todd Road exit, where there just happened to be another Deputy headed toward them. That Deputy made a U-turn and joined in the pursuit. The driver took a series of strange turns, at time more than doubling the speed limit. He covered about 10 miles in ten minutes through South Moorland, Langner, Millbrae, Labath, Golf Course, Whistler, Stony Point, and others with eventually getting back to Todd Road. He ran at least ten stop signs and at least one red light. Fortunately there was very little traffic on the roads at the time. More Deputies responded to the chase to take positions so that the car could no longer flee.
As the driver headed east on Todd Road, he encountered more patrol cars. He spun his car around and crashed. He was stopped parallel to a patrol car with two more facing him. He revved the engine and plowed head-on into a stopped patrol car. He was then boxed-in on all side by patrol cars, thus ending the chase.
As the Deputies approached the suspect vehicle and saw the driver laughing and smiling and then quickly reach between his legs. Deputies had to break out a window to remove him from the car and take him into custody.
JUSTIN STEVEN GONZALES , 36 years old from Santa Rosa, was take to the Sonoma County Jail and booked for violation of : 245(a)(1) Assault with a Deadly Weapon, 1203.2 PC- Violation of Probation, 2800.2 VC- Evade a Peace Officer with Wanton Disregard, and 14601 VC Unlicensed Driver.
Since the Deputies suspected he could be intoxicated they asked that the District Attorney file a complaint on 23152(a) VC Driving Under the Influence.
Gonzales totaled his car, damaged three patrol cars and injured two Deputies.
Gonzales produced Bail in the amount of $31,000 and is scheduled to appear in court on August 27 at 8:30AM.