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Stolen car crashed into 2 Chico businesses

Officers arrested a driver they say crashed a stolen car into two chico businesses early Friday morning.

Posted: Jul 9, 2021 8:01 AM
Updated: Jul 9, 2021 8:08 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Officers arrested a driver they said crashed a stolen car into two Chico businesses early Friday morning.

Officers said around 2 a.m. Friday morning they spotted a stolen 2014 Toyota Camry heading Northbound on Main Street from E. Fourth Street. Officers said they tried to initiate a high-risk felony traffic stop.

As soon as emergency lights were activated, officers said the driver of the stolen car accelerated westbound on W. Second St. at a high rate of speed, attempting to escape officers. Officers said the driver was going nearly 90 mph.

Officers chose to cancel the pursuit due to potential danger to the public. The driver continued to drive westbound at a high speed to the intersection of W. Second St. and Walnut Street.

At the intersection police said the suspect tried to turn and lost control of the car, crashing into two businesses. Police say the driver, Sunny Sayyaphom, exited the vehicle uninjured and was taken into custody.

Sayyaphom is now facing charges of auto theft and evading officers. Police said Sayyaphom was already on parole for vehicle theft.  

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