Turlock man wanted in Placer County; suspected accomplice arrested

08/18/2014 6:38 PM

08/18/2014 6:39 PM

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Turlock man suspected of felony vandalism, after arresting his accomplice following a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 80 early Monday morning.

Deputies responded to a burglary alarm at a car wash in Colfax at 4 a.m., at the same time the business owner was using a remote surveillance system to watch a man drill into coin boxes, said Placer County sheriff’s spokeswoman Dena Erwin.

The suspect was gone by the time the deputy arrived, but he spotted him a short time later with a woman at a nearby gas station.

The man, 39-year-old Shane Schmidt, ran and was able to elude the deputy while the woman drove away in her car, Erwin said.

Another deputy in the Auburn area saw the woman, 35-year-old Sandra Byrd, also of Turlock, driving west on I-80.

She refused to stop and led deputies on a nearly 20-mile, high-speed pursuit along the freeway.

In Roseville, an officer used spike strips, which slowed the car, but Byrd continued on for several more miles before stopping, Erwin said.

She was arrested on suspicion of evading arrest, driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest.

Detectives still are looking for Schmidt, who is on post-release community supervision out of Turlock. He is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who sees Schmidt is urged to call the Placer County Sheriff's Office at 530-889-7800.

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