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Highway 101 reopens in both directions after standoff, one suspect in custody

A police pursuit began early Sunday, September 15, 2019 when it is alleged Eric Van Gelder of Geyserville, Calif. failed to stop, drove past a closed road break, nearly hit a California Highway Patrol officer and led them on a chase exceeding 100 mph. A long standoff took place after a spike strip disabled Van Gelder's vehicle. A SWAT team later removed him from the car using "non-lethal methods."

Northbound U.S. Highway 101 in Sonoma County has reopened to both southbound and northbound traffic following a California Highway Patrol standoff with chase suspects between River Road and Airport Boulevard that closed the roadway Sunday morning.

The closure began around 7:30 a.m. when a vehicle was stopped following a CHP pursuit but the occupants refused to get out. One suspect had been taken into custody by 9:36 a.m., according to CHP. The incident occurred in an area south of the Sonoma County Airport.

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