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CAR, FOOT CHASE ENDS IN ARREST OF CAMARILLO MAN.

Byline: Michael Coit Daily News Staff Writer

A Camarillo man wanted on numerous arrest warrants eluded police from behind the wheel and then on foot Wednesday evening before a bystander helped a sheriff's deputy make the arrest.

Josiah Newfang, 21, first led Deputy Eric Haney on a vehicle pursuit through Camarillo neighborhoods that ended when the deputy shot out two tires, Ventura County sheriff's officials said. The suspect then led Haney on a foot chase, and the deputy, with help from a neighbor, found Newfang hiding in a back yard.

Newfang was in custody at the county jail Thursday on the arrest warrants and on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, evading police and resisting arrest. Newfang's bail was set at $50,500. He is scheduled to appear today for arraignment in Ventura County Municipal Court.

A passenger in Newfang's car, Ismael Salomon, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of narcotics. Salomon, 21, of Oxnard was cited and released from the county jail, officials said.

Nobody was injured during the incident and sheriff's officials credited the resident, who was not identified, with helping the deputy track down Newfang.

``He saw the need to help police. He assisted in the detention of Newfang,'' said Lt. Bruce Hansen.

Newfang was wanted on a $20,000 warrant for resisting arrest for a traffic violation and assault with a deadly weapon, on a $10,000 warrant for failing to appear in court on narcotics charges and on a $5,000 warrant for failing to appear in court on a weapons charge, Hansen said.

Sheriff's officials also wanted to question Newfang about an auto theft, but no warrant had been issued for his arrest.

``We've been looking for him for several months,'' Hansen said.

The deputy initially attempted to stop Newfang on Las Posas Road near Crestview Drive about 7:40 p.m.

Newfang accelerated and drove for several minutes through residential neighborhoods before turning onto Euclid Avenue, where he pulled over, sheriff's officials said.

The deputy blocked the car and ordered the two men to leave the vehicle at gunpoint. Police say that Newfang instead drove his car in reverse toward the deputy, drove over a curb and then back onto the street, sideswiping the patrol car. The passenger managed to get out as Newfang completed a U-turn and began driving away, sheriff's officials said.

As Newfang drove away from the deputy, Haney fired several shots from his handgun and struck both left-side tires. Newfang continued to drive before abandoning the car about 300 yards away, Hansen said.

Haney chased Newfang on foot down the street and continued south of Euclid Avenue, where he arrested Newfang with the neighbor's help.

Hansen said the sheriff's personnel bureau is investigating the incident because it involved a deputy who fired his handgun. The investigation is standard procedure when an officer's gun is discharged.
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Date:Jul 12, 1996
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