Drug suspects flee through backyards of west Roseville neighborhood
By Nathan Donato-Weinstein
(as seen on Rosevillept.com)
Two teens tried to escape through several west Roseville backyards Friday after an attempted drug deal in a Walgreen’s parking lot went bad.
Police say the incident began around 6:41 p.m. at the Walgreens on the corner of Foothills and Junction boulevards, where detectives spotted a suspected drug deal occur involving a white Lincoln sedan.
When officers approached, the driver accelerated toward the officers, causing one to dive out of the way and receive minor injuries.
The suspect rammed a bystander’s car before fleeing the scene. Police say the driver sped through a nearby neighborhood, then ditched the car on Springfield Drive near Sawtell Road, fleeing on foot and running through residents’ backyards.
After a manhunt involving a helicopter search and strong police presence, cops nabbed the driver – a 17-year-old male from Sacramento, and arrested him on suspicion of attempted murder. His passenger, a 16-year-old male from Rio Linda, was found in a Kingswood Drive backyard and arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and possession of ecstasy for sale.
Two suspects arrested in the Walgreen’s parking lot were Timothy Alan Scanlon, 18, of Sacramento and Cody Alen Youngblood, 18, of Roseville. Youngblood was also charged with resisting or obstructing officers.
Officers recovered a large number of ecstasy pills at the scene, Police Spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther said.
She added the Citrus Heights Police Department and a CHP helicopter assisted in the search for the suspects.
My account of the event....
So it was a typical Friday evening, or so I thought. Kyle had promised some of the guys at work Panda Express in exchange for them helping us move on Sat. So since I am such a nice person :) I got every one's order and headed off to Panda Express. Finally, after much waiting in the drive-up lane, and them getting my order wrong, I headed out of the parking lot. I was sitting at the parking lot stop sign waiting to get back on the main road. As I was sitting there a marked cop car (without his lights on) came flying into the Walgreen's parking lot in front of me, sqweeling his tires. I was a bit annoyed with is unsafe acts, but heck, they are the police they can do what ever they want right?
So after he turned in I had clearance to turn myself, and as I am making the turn (this all happens in slow motion in front of me) a white Lincoln swerves around the cop and pauses (because he sees me mid-turn) BUT then decides/think its me going to jail or its this chicks car. So he guns it and hits me hard on the rear passenger side of my car, causing my car to spin around, he then proceeded to reverse, hit me, reverse, hit me. I don't know if he was just having issues getting around me or if he was trying to use me as a barricade against the cops. He then fled the scene.
As I sat there in shock trying to wrap my head around what just happened, people came running towards me from the surrounding parking lots. Yelling, "Oh my gosh, are you okay? Are you okay?" The only thing I could think of was "What? What the hell? How is my car?"
While shaking uncontrollably I pulled the car to a safe place, and then I found out the real story on this crazy driving teen. It wasn't just a case of a kid, and bad driving. It was bad driving, plus drugs, plus a cop chase. It was definitely a situation of " Wong place, wrong time." After having CSI came to take pictures of my car as I watched the helicopters flying around over head, I realized I wasn't "In Kansas anymore, okay Iowa" I saw them arresting the other culprits.
I feel sorry for those kids because the charge of assault with a deadly weapon, drug charges, ect. will effect them for the rest of there lives. I mean, I am mad that it happened, and I am mad that those kids thought running was their only option but really, everyone makes mistakes. I am just glad that they didn't kill anyone. I hope that I slowed them down enough to maybe realize this is real and hitting people is a no no. I hope that they receive the charges that they deserve, and I hope that maybe they will get a second chance in life if they are deserving. I know first hand that good people make bad decisions when they are young, desperate, depressed, and the list goes on. I know things could have gone alot worse but they didn't and I thank God for that.