Vehicle Pursuit Arrest


On Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 1:33 a.m., the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a call from the California Highway Patrol requesting our assistance on a vehicle pursuit that entered onto the city streets.  The CHP had initiated the pursuit several minutes earlier near the intersection of Telephone Road and Highway 101 off-ramp, when officers attempted to stop the vehicle to investigate a possible DUI driver.  The driver, later identified as Dante Payne, 30, failed to stop.
Ventura Police officers took over the pursuit from the California Highway Patrol in the area of Telephone Road and Ramelli Avenue, as Payne continued to evade officers reaching speeds of approximately 60 MPH.  Prior to taking over the pursuit, Payne had driven over a center median, which caused him to lose the right front tire of his Ford pickup.  He continued, driving eastbound on Bristol Road to northbound Petit Avenue.  Payne drove to the intersection of Petit Avenue and Petit Circle, where he stopped and exited his vehicle.  He was taken into custody without incident.
Officers later learned that Payne discarded a loaded and stolen shotgun out of his vehicle during the pursuit.  The shotgun was found by a citizen near the intersection of Ramelli Avenue and Raccoon Court.
The California Highway Patrol took custody of Payne.  He was later booked at the Ventura County Jail for felony evading arrest, felon in possession of a loaded and stolen firearm, possession of an altered weapon and a parole violation. No citizens or officers were injured as a result of this pursuit.

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