Felon With Hostage Shuts Down Freeway

Man led police on high speed chase

A wanted felon, who was stopped following a high-speed pursuit along Interstate 80, has surrendered peacefully to authorities after a nearly 7-hour standoff.

Bail for Andrew Jason Rosas was revoked on Wednesday. He fled shortly after, leading authorities on a high-speed chase along the highway reaching speeds of 80 mph.

I-80 westbound lanes were opened shortly after Rosas released his wife and children from the car. Eastbound lanes at Kingvale were reopened shortly after the surrender.

The driver's wife and children, ages 14, 9, and 11 months, were released after negotiations and are safe, said Stan Perez, chief of the California Highway Patrol Valley Division.

The CHP sent negotiators to the scene, considered a hostage situation.

Negotiators tried to throw Rosas a phone, but it was not working.

The negotiators then yelled at Rosas that his sister would be arriving soon to talk to him. The driver gave officials a thumbs-up sign.

Rosas' sister went into a Shell gas station in Kingvale after 6 p.m., then got into a CHP car and went up the hill to Soda Springs.

The driver's bail bondsman, Ken Waters, told KCRA 3 that Rosas was armed and did not want to go back to prison.

During the pursuit, the driver waved a gun from the car, the CHP said. He also apparently made a suicide threat. Perez said the man was under the influence of drugs.

"He is using right now. He's using inside his vehicle," Perez said.

Waters said bail for Rosas was about $70,000 when it was revoked on Wednesday.

Officials said Rosas was on bail for drug charges and has gang affiliations.

The chase ended in Soda Springs after officials put down a spike strip, deflating all four tires on the driver's blue Toyota sedan.

Roadblocks were set up in Kingvale and Soda Springs.

The pursuit began at Folsom Boulevard and Manlove Road in Sacramento County.

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