Fleeing San Pablo man arrested after Richmond police request helicopter support

The location where a man was arrested after Richmond police called for air support to locate him.

The helicopter you heard hovering over Richmond Saturday night played a part in the capture of a suspect police say had attempted to break into an occupied home after fleeing a traffic stop.

The incident unfolded about 11:30 p.m. when officers attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation, Richmond police spokesperson Nicole Abetkov said.

The driver, identified as 48-year-old Martin Downing, allegedly drove off at a high speed as the officer walked up to his door. Information on why Downing attempted to flee was not immediately available.

“We pursued but then terminated the pursuit because the chase was becoming too risky; the suspect was driving too crazily,” Abetkov said.

Police established a perimeter and requested air support. A helicopter crew soon spotted Downing, who had parked his vehicle and was on foot, Abetkov said. Downing was arrested in the 200 block of S. 12th Street.

At one point, Downing allegedly attempted to force his way into an occupied home. He was booked on suspicion of evading and attempted burglary, among other charges.