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Alleged car thief takes police on chase

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A suspected car thief led Roseville police on a pursuit that ended in Citrus Heights early Tuesday morning. Police arrested the suspect, Randy Keith McCorkle, 33, of Citrus Heights, after he crashed the alleged stolen pickup truck into a telephone pole. Just before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, a resident in the 400 block of Alta Vista Avenue woke up to the sound of his Chevy Silverado pickup truck starting. The resident looked outside and saw the truck being driven down the street. A Roseville police officer spotted the alleged stolen truck being driven south on Vernon Street in downtown Roseville. The driver refused to yield and officers pursued him at moderate speeds through surface streets into Citrus Heights, according to Dee Dee Gunther of the Roseville Police Department. “He was driving erratically and there were parts where it approached higher speeds,” Gunther said. The pursuit ended when the suspect driver collided with a telephone pole at the intersection of Sycamore Drive and Mariposa Avenue. McCorkle then got out of the vehicle and fled on foot into a residential neighborhood, Gunther said. With the help of a Citrus Heights Police Department K9, officers located McCorkle hiding in some bushes in the 7700 block of Sycamore Drive. He was taken into custody without further incident and transported to a local hospital, where he was checked as a precaution and released for booking, Gunther said. McCorkle was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, evading police officers, violation of parole and other related charges. Detectives are also investigating his connection to a residential burglary which occurred in Roseville during that same time frame. McCorkle is being held without bail in the Placer County Jail. ~ Toby Lewis