MORGAN HILL -- One tried to outrun an officer while the other recklessly sped away, but in the end a man and his girlfriend were both arrested Friday after an attempt to pull over a stolen car resulted in a footrace and crash, police said.
Around 8:15 p.m., Morgan Hill police spotted a gold Toyota Camry that turned out to be stolen out of Concord, but with license plates swiped from a vehicle in San Jose. When they tried to make a stop near the intersection of Monterey and Watsonville roads, the driver did pull over, but only so that his passenger could hop out and bolt, police said.
The officers split up, with one successfully chasing down the woman while the other pursued the fleeing car, which hurtled down Monterey at speeds up to 70 mph, turning off its lights and passing cars on the shoulder. The officer called off the pursuit because of the danger posed by the reckless driver, but less than two minutes later received word of a car crash farther up the street.
Witnesses told arriving officers which direction the driver ran, and Alexander Zumini, 22, was found hiding in trees near Central High School, police said. Zumini was out of prison per the state's Post Release Community Supervision program, and was booked on counts of hit and run, evading arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle, DUI causing injury and resisting arrest.
Amber Yarnell, 21, faces charges of possessing a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest. Yarnell and Zumini are both San Jose residents. Zumini served time on a conviction related to auto theft.
The occupants of the car that was struck during the getaway attempt were taken to a hospital with complaints of pain.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at 408-779-2102 or the anonymous tip line at 408-947-7867.
Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.