A San Jose man suspected of vehicle theft remains at large after allegedly leading officers on a high-speed chase through Williams on Saturday.
According to statements from the Colusa and Williams Police Departments, Andrew Stewart MacNab, 31, is presumed to be armed and dangerous. His girlfriend, Allyssandra Rochelle Abarca, 26, also from San Jose, was arrested at the scene and booked into Colusa County Jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, receiving stolen property, and possession of burglary tools.
Early Saturday morning, at about 1:45 a.m., Williams Police Officer Erik Farias was patrolling the area around North St. and N. Virginia Way when he saw a maroon Toyota Camry leaving the Orv’s Shell Gas Station without it’s headlights on, Sgt. Steve Woldanski said in a press release.
Farias attempted to stop the car; when it failed to yield, he began pursing the vehicle through residential neighborhoods in the City of Williams and onto Old Highway 99. According to the department, MacNab reached speeds of up to 80 mph during the chase, blew through stop signs, and drove on the wrong side of the road.
The pursuit continued until an officer was able to successfully execute a PIT maneuver, and the suspect’s car was intentionally crashed into a barrier fence between Old Highway 99 West and Interstate 5, north of Myers Road. Officers were able to arrest Abarca, who identified MacNab as the driver of the vehicle. After crashing, MacNab allegedly fled the scene on foot, running across all lanes of Interstate 5 before taking cover in an almond orchard. Officers from the Williams and Colusa Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter around the area. Colusa Police Department’s K9 officer and a CHP helicopter were dispatched to help locate MacNab, but law enforcement’s efforts to track him down on Saturday morning were unsuccessful.
“There is only so much we could do, with the resources and the number of officers that we have available,” Sgt. Woldanski said on Monday.
After further investigation at the scene on Saturday, Officer Farias learned that the Toyota had been stolen in a carjacking in Ceres, for which MacNab and Abarca were named as suspects by the Ceres Police Department, the Williams Police Department said. A license plate stolen from another Toyota was attached to the stolen vehicle. Officers also found a “large amount of stolen property,” burglary tools, and various prescription drugs inside the car, the department said.
In a separate statement, the Colusa Police Department said that several replica firearms were found in the vehicle, and in the orchard where MacNab fled.
Woldanski confirmed that on Monday.
“We located a number of BB guns – very realistic replicas,” Woldanksi said.
The area’s law enforcement agencies are asking residents to consider MacNab as being armed and dangerous, and not to make contact with him if he is spotted. Instead, they should dial 911 or call the Colusa County Sheriff’s Dispatch at 458-0200.
A pickup was reported stolen later on Saturday, taken from a property near where MacNab was last seen. It is unclear at this point whether MacNab had anything to do with the stolen pickup, Woldanski said.■