Helicopter video shows chase of a stolen Sacramento Fire battalion chief truck through city streets

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The pursuit, which involved a California Highway Patrol helicopter and several ground units, ended after spikes were deployed, and police vehicles surrounded the suspect in the stolen truck.

The city’s F-150 pickup truck was stolen on the evening of May 19 from Sacramento Fire Station 12, located on the 4500 block of 24th Street in South Land Park.

Valley Division air operations of a CHP A helicopter assisted in the pursuit after the vehicle was located near 30th Street and R Street and provided footage of the chase.

The fire engine was finally disabled in Old North Sacramento near Calvados Avenue and Fairfield Street around 9:43 p.m. Video shows at least a dozen police vehicles barricading the suspect inside.

Officers used less-lethal pepper balls in the F-150 pickup, forcing the man to exit the vehicle, police said after the arrest.

Desi Sanchez, 33, of Sacramento was arrested and charged with auto theft, recklessly eluding a police officer and other charges. He pleaded not guilty to the charges on May 21 and remains in custody without bail at the Sacramento County Main Jail.

The man was also held on previous arrest warrants for willful disobedience of a court order.

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