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I-5 high speed chase results in arrest

SACRAMENTO, CA - Police say a 2-year-old child and a woman were in the car of a man who led them on a high speed chase from Woodland to Natomas before crashing in a center divide.

There were no injuries, including to the Woodland police officer whose patrol unit went into a ditch during the pursuit.

Woodland police Lt. Anthony Cucchi said the incident began just before 2 p.m. when an officer spotted 25-year-old Larry Ventimiglia of Davis who was sought for allegedly threatening to shoot and kill a woman. The officer tried to pull over Ventimiglia's white Saturn but rather, the suspect sped off and police followed him on southbound Interstate 5 at speeds reaching up to 100 mph. Ventimiglia and another car collided and he lost control of his car on the freeway between Del Paso Road and Arena Boulevard in Natomas.

Cucchi said when Ventimiglia's car hit the center divide, he ran across the freeway into a residential area. Officers fanned out looking for him and found him on the 3400 block of Beretania Way where they arrested him.

Ventimiglia was booked into Yolo County on a no-bail hold on two charges of kidnapping, making terrorist threats, willfully placing a child in a situation where their health is endangered, evading a police officer with wanton disregard for the safety of others, and violation of probation, Cucchi said.

Deputies from the Yolo and Sacramento County sheriff's departments and the California Highway Patrol assisted in the pursuit and search, Cucchi said.