The motorist who led a high-speed chase from Interstate 80 in Vallejo on Friday through Jameson Canyon before crashing south of the Highway 29 Butler Bridge, allegedly causing a number of crashes along the way, was booked into the Solano County jail after he was treated for minor injuries at a hospital, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Robert Shank, 42, of Napa, was driving a white 1986 Nissan pickup truck at about 3:30 p.m. Friday when he collided with a motorcycle on eastbound I-80 near Redwood Parkway in Vallejo, according to the CHP and the Solano County Sheriff’s Office.
The rider of the motorcycle, John Wayne Hood, 61, of Grass Valley, was ejected, the CHP said. Hood was treated at and released from NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield, a hospital representative said Saturday.
A Solano County sheriff’s deputy began to pursue Shank in the white Nissan pickup truck as the suspect continued to travel at more than 90 mph on the interstate, police said. Hood’s motorcycle, which was stuck on the front of the pickup truck, broke free near the Highway 37 overpass, according to the CHP and the Solano County Sheriff’s Office. Shank then took Red Top Road before continuing on Lopes Road in Fairfield and Green Valley Road before reaching westbound I-80, officials said.
After taking westbound I-80, Shank reached Jameson Canyon Road, where he continued westbound, crossing over double-yellow lines to pass vehicles as a CHP helicopter followed overhead, authorities said. He is suspected of causing other crashes, including clipping a vehicle and forcing a motorcycle off the roadway of Jameson Canyon Road before sideswiping a Ford Ranger pickup and a Mercedes-Benz SLK convertible near Kelly Road. No one was transported to the hospital in those incidents, the CHP said.
After reaching Highway 29, Shank crossed the center median and began driving north the wrong way, colliding with two vehicles south of the Butler Bridge, the CHP said. The helicopter, which started following Shank on Jameson Canyon Road, landed on a grassy area near the bridge after Shank allegedly tried to carjack a motorcycle and a black sedan, authorities said. A CHP flight officer got off the helicopter, drew his gun and stopped Shank, who threw himself to the ground, police said.
Shank was arrested and taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries, before the Solano County Sheriff’s Office transported him to jail in Solano County, the CHP said.
He was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, parole violation, felony evasion with serious bodily injury, felony hit-and-run, and three counts of misdemeanor hit-and-run, according to the CHP and the Solano County Sheriff’s Office.
Marina Williams-Brooks, 38, of Vallejo, a driver injured in the crash on the Butler Bridge, was also taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, the CHP said. She was treated and released, a hospital representative said Saturday.
The CHP unit in Napa is now looking for alleged victims of two attempted carjackings near the Butler Bridge, said CHP Sgt. Gloria Tellez. The rider of the motorcycle and the driver of the black sedan Shank allegedly tried to carjack left the scene before the CHP obtained their information. Witnesses are asked to call 253-4906 during business hours with information on the identity of these alleged victims.