Update: Suspect Detained in Concord After High-Speed Chase

Novato man hit speeds of 90 mph before pulling over more than 2 hours after 911 call.

A Novato man was taken into custody Wednesday night in Concord after a pursuit of and California Highway Patrol officers through the North Bay that at times reached 90 mph, according to preliminary reports.

The suspect was detained with the use of bean-bag projectiles, a Taser and police dogs while on the shoulder of Highway 680 near the Willow Pass Road exit in Concord. A SIG alert was issued at 9:31 p.m. and the highway was temporarily closed because of police activity, which included a CHP helicopter hovering overhead.

The suspect was identified Robert Bruce Adair, a former military police officer who turned 61 years old Wednesday. He was booked into Marin County Jail at 1:35 a.m. Thursday after being medically cleared at .

The pursuit began in Novato at about 8:43 p.m. when Novato police responded to reports of a verbal disturbance at a home in the 1000 block of Elm Drive, Sgt. Jay Demski said. Adair had left the house before officers arrived and was believed to be driving under the influence of alcohol, Demski said. Adair called the home and said he would shoot anybody who tried to stop him, according to the police report.

Officers watching for the suspect's red Toyota Tacoma pickup spotted the vehicle near the home, but Adair worked his way past officers who tried to stop him. Adair was followed down South Novato Boulevard and onto eastbound Highway 37 at normal speeds. After the suspect passed into Sonoma and Solano counties, pursuing Novato police officers reported the suspect reaching 85 to 90 mph, according to police radio reports.

CHP officers laid down spiked strips that puncture tires at a bridge near Mare Island, but Adair pulled off the highway, CHP Officer Peter Van Eckhardt said. From there, CHP officers took over the pursuit and followed Adair through Vallejo, Benicia, over the Benicia-Martinez Bridge and into Concord, he said.

Van Eckhardt said the pursuit ended at about 9:40 p.m. when the suspect pulled over onto the highway shoulder, possibly with popped tires from a spike strip.

Adair faces charges including carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, resisting arrest, driving while impaired, failure to stop at a red light and reckless driving.

— Bay City News Service contributed to this report.


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