A Del Norte County sheriff's deputy happened upon a burglary suspect who at first seemed to be merely a bad driver as he left Walmart early Tuesday, authorities said.
Deputy Jerrin Gill was in the store parking lot around 2 a.m. when he saw a white Ford Expedition speeding down Summer Lane toward Washington Boulevard, said sheriff's Commander Tim Athey.
The driver made a fast right turn onto Washington that led Gill to pursue him, Athey said.
The chase led to Lake Street where the driver was apprehended; a passenger fled from the vehicle and was able to escape, Athey said.
Gill discovered a flat-screen TV in the car that was determined to be stolen from Walmart, Athey said, adding that narcotics were also found.
A surveillance video shows how the TV set was snuck out of the back of the store, Athey said.
Steven Brooks, 27, of Crescent City was arrested on suspicion of burglary, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, evading a peace officer, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving.
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