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Santa Cruz man arrested in Eureka following alleged car jacking

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EUREKA- A 46-year-old man was arrested in Eureka on Thursday for an alleged car jacking and a vehicle pursuit, which went through multiple North Coast cities. 

Police say a 2014 Chevy Silverado was stolen from an RV park in Arcata just before 8 a.m., when Santa Cruz resident Kelley Allen Piper allegedly got into the victim’s running vehicle.  Authorities say after a brief altercation, Piper drove away, hitting a light pole on the property on the way out.  Officials say the vehicle was later located in McKinleyville, but authorities discontinued the pursuit there due to Piper’s reckless driving.  Officers with the Arcata Police Department then spotted the pickup truck on Highway 101 traveling south through Arcata, but discontinued the pursuit due to more reckless driving.  At around 9 a.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department located the vehicle in Old Town near the intersection of 2nd Street and E Street.  Police say the pickup truck’s OnStar system disabled it.

"They can actually trace your vehicle, find the location, but more importantly, it can disable your vehicle, but more importantly, turn on the hazard lights.  So when CHP was in pursuit of the vehicle, OnStar turned on the hazard lights, which is a great way for CHP to see the vehicle and have it stand out among a lot of other cars.  So that was a great service and obviously, we're here right now because of OnStar because we were able to pinpoint the location of the vehicle," said Officer Abraham Jansen with the Eureka Police Department.

Piper was booked into the Humboldt County Jail on multiple charges, including car jacking, hit and run and resisting arrest.