LANCASTER – A 37-year-old man was arrested Thursday after leading deputies on a pursuit through central and east Lancaster in a stolen car, authorities said.
John Matthew Sowell was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and assault with a deadly weapon. He allegedly drove the stolen vehicle at several deputies who were outside their patrol cars at the time, according to Deputy Kit Gruppie of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
It all started around 9:55 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, on the 44000 block of Fenhold Street in Lancaster.
“Members of our burglary team were investigating a burglary… As they approached the location, this suspect fled in the white Honda,” said Captain Pat Nelson of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. “Believing that a residential burglary had just occurred, they initiated pursuit.”
Deputies pursued the vehicle through several residential neighborhoods in central and east Lancaster until the chase was eventually called off, according to Gruppie.
Authorities then deployed Lancaster’s Law Enforcement Aerial Platform System (LEAPS), which located the stolen vehicle parked near 11th Street East with the suspect behind the wheel, Gruppie said.
Deputies made verbal commands for the suspect to exit the vehicle, but he refused and instead drove the vehicle at deputies, according to a Lancaster Station crime broadcast.
The pursuit was reinitiated, Gruppie said, and it continued through residential neighborhoods near 17th and 18th Street East and Avenue J-2.
The car chase ended when the suspect drove onto a curb, jumped out of the car and ran off on foot, Gruppie said.
The suspect was detained by several deputies in a desert field near 17th Street East and Avenue J-2.
John Sowell was arrested around 11 a.m. and booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station on $50,000 bail, according to LASD inmate records.