VALLEJO, Calif. – A parolee and a woman who was his passenger were arrested by police in Vallejo after a savage chase through two counties in which they took the wrong turn on a freeway and attempted to hijack two drivers, authorities said .
Scot Babot Jr., 28, and Cirelle Adams, 30, were arrested after the Saturday night chase, which took place from Vallejo to the Highway 4 and Interstate 680 interchange in the county by Contra Costa.
The chase began around 9:30 p.m. Saturday when officers spotted a Toyota wanted in a felony incident that occurred in a Robles Way parking lot. Babot, the driver, refused to stop and swerved past “spike strips” designed to deflate the tires.
SEE ALSO: Vallejo business owner who started free towing service is arson victim
Babot drove in the wrong direction on Columbus Parkway and again on Interstate 780, where he accelerated westbound in the eastbound lanes, police said.
“It’s extremely dangerous, and you cringe all the time, hoping they don’t hit anyone,” said CHP Golden Gate Division Air Operations Officer Shaun Bouyea.
“Fortunately, our helicopter was in the area and could see the suspect vehicle going the wrong way, was able to follow it,” Bouyea said.
The suspect continued south on I-680 and passed Highway 4 in Contra Costa County. Sparks begin to fly.
“OK, looks like we’re going to stop here. OK, he’s trying to turn around. He’s lost another tire,” a CHP officer on board the helicopter radioed.
The suspect ignored a Vallejo cop car on its tail and turned around, heading north in the southbound lanes of I-680, toward Highway 4.
He then found himself face to face with oncoming traffic.
“Looks like they’re trying to hijack a pickup truck,” the officer said.
But the driver of the pickup did not have it and took off.
Follow the news in download KTVU news app and subscribe to our newsletter
They attempted to hijack a second driver, but Vallejo’s officers on the ground stopped them.
“The suspects jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to hijack two separate vehicles. Fortunately, the Vallejo Police Department was quite close, where they were able to arrest the two people,” Bouyea said.
Vallejo police have repeatedly called off his pursuit because the suspect took the wrong direction. But the CHP helicopter stayed overhead.
“When a suspect is on the wrong track on the highway, that doesn’t mean he’s going to run away,” Bouyea said. “Often our helicopters are over our heads or our aircraft, and we’ll just follow them until they come to a stop and stop them at a safe point.”