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San Jose man faces multiple charges after domestic violence incident, police chase in Santa Cruz

Chief Andy Mills

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KION) Santa Cruz police say a San Jose man has been arrested following an incident early Wednesday morning.

According to Chief Andy Mills, officers responded to a report of a woman screaming on West Cliff Drive after people nearby reported it.

When officers got to the scene near West Cliff Drive and Swift Street just after 4:30 a.m., they said the suspect, identified as 38-year-old San Jose resident Jason Richardson, left the area in a vehicle.

Officers followed Richardson, and they said he led them and members of the California Highway Patrol on a chase north on Highway 17. They said the chase reached speeds of about 100 miles per hour.

CHP officers were eventually able to stop the vehicle and arrest Richardson.

During the investigation, detectives said they discovered that there had been a physical domestic violence incident in the vehicle. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Richardson, a parolee, was arrested and booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on domestic violence, kidnapping, false imprisonment, sexual battery, carjacking, criminal threats, felony evasion and parole violation charges.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Bridges at 831-420-5830. To remain anonymous, call 831-420-5995.

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