Suspect in Alta Sierra vehicle arson arrested after chase |

Suspect in Alta Sierra vehicle arson arrested after chase

A man suspected of torching his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle earlier this month was arrested after a short pursuit Tuesday afternoon in Yuba County.

Trevor Wayne Cook, 27, allegedly set the woman’s SUV on fire around 5 p.m. on Sept. 10, in the parking lot of Mike’s Alta Sierra Market in the 10000 block of Alta Sierra Drive.

According to Nevada County Consolidated Deputy Fire Marshal Terry McMahan, the fire was started in the passenger compartment and caused moderate to major damage.

Detectives from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit reviewed video surveillance footage from the market and interviewed witnesses and the victim, said Sgt. Bob Jakobs.

Jakobs said the victim and Cook had been in a relationship, but that it had soured in the last few months.

On Sept. 19, major crimes detectives obtained a $100,000 warrant for Cook’s arrest on charges of arson, making criminal threats, stalking, and violating a restraining order, and began trying to track him down.

Cook has several pending criminal cases, for charges that include battery and vandalism, and failed to appear for court Sept. 22. New arrest warrants were issued on those cases.

Detectives spotted Cook Tuesday on Hammonton-Smartsville Road off Highway 20, and called Yuba County Sheriff’s deputies for assistance.

They reportedly attempted to stop Cook, but he failed to pull over, and a short vehicle pursuit ensued before he ran off the road and disabled his vehicle.

Cook then took off running on foot but was subsequently taken into custody, Jakobs said. He reportedly swallowed a baggie of an unknown controlled substance and was taken to a Marysville hospital for observation.

It is not known what additional charges he will face from Yuba County for the attempted evasion.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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