Wanted felon arrested after crashing into police car

Brian Loo (Courtesy Chico Police Department)

A wanted felon was arrested in Chico after police said he rammed a police vehicle while trying to escape.

Brian Loo, 24, was arrested on a series of charges including assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and grand theft.

The incident started Sunday just before 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Kohl's store on Springfield Drive in Chico.

Officers tried to contact a man believed to be responsible for a felony theft from a Chico resident's vehicle. That man was later identified as Loo.

Officers located the suspect in a gray Ford F-150 pickup, parked in the parking lot. When the officers identified themselves and attempted to contact Loo, police said he drove off in the vehicle out of the parking lot toward Springfield Drive.

A second police vehicle tried to pull over the suspect vehicle. Police said the suspect vehicle drove across the median and rammed the front of a sergeant's vehicle.

Police said the suspect drove into oncoming traffic trying to escape, but the vehicle became disabled due to damage from the collision.

The suspect jumped over a fence of a residence but was quickly caught by officers and taken into custody. Police said Loo was found to be in possession of the property which had been stolen from the Chico resident's vehicle.

According to police, Loo has an extensive criminal history in Butte County and Napa County. He was on Butte County felony probation for unlawful possession of a firearm. Loo also had five felony warrants for his arrest for charges ranging from felon in possession of a firearm to drug sales.

He also had two misdemeanor warrants for DUI and domestic violence.

Loo was booked in the Butte County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, evading with willful disregard for the safety of persons, grand theft, resisting arrest, and driving on a suspended license.

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