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Driver arrested at gunpoint after Highway 101 chase identified

An unidentified driver was arrested Friday evening after fleeing from CHP officers, then crashing into the center divide of northbound Highway 101 just north of Highway 12.

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Published: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:01 a.m.

Authorities have identified an El Sobrante man they say led law enforcement on a high-speed chase on Highway 101 in Santa Rosa Friday evening before crashing his minivan near the Highway 12 intersection, where he was arrested at gunpoint.

The pursuit, involving a minivan towing a fully loaded trailer and a trio of California Highway Patrol and sheriff's vehicles, started about 5:30 p.m. on a busy section of highway.

When he was first contacted by a CHP officer, Raymond Gideon Waldo III, 43, had stopped in the center median of northbound Highway 101 near Wilfred Avenue, the CHP reported.

When a CHP officer pulled up behind the minivan, Waldo sped away, the CHP said. The driver used the center median to pass vehicles, accelerating to more than 80 miles an hour, the CHP said.

Due to the high speeds and moderate traffic, pursuing officers pulled back and turned off their emergency lights and sirens.

Waldo continued to drive recklessly, authorities said. When he reached the Highway 12 intersection, the minivan crashed into the center median wall, veered right across all lanes of traffic and hit a guard rail before coming to rest in the center of the highway.

The driver sat in the van and refused to comply with officers' instructions, the CHP said. Officers who later removed Waldo observed him suffering from a medical emergency, the CHP reported. The agency did not provide any details on the nature of the medical emergency.

Waldo was treated and released from Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

He was arrested on suspicion of failing to yield to officers, reckless driving and resisting arrest.

The CHP said it would be forwarding the case to the District Attorney's office for review and possible prosecution.

You can reach Staff Writer Brett Wilkison at 521-5295 or brett.wilkison@pressdemocrat.com.

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