Monday, January 12, 2009

Suspect In Auburn Area Store Robberies Is Also A Suspect In Local Hit-And-Run Collision

The suspect in a series of Auburn area store robberies is also the suspect in a local hit-and-run traffic collision, CHP Auburn area Commander Rick Ward reported today. Matthew Lynn Foster, 22, of Auburn was arrested at his home on Friday after an arrest warrant was served by Placer County Sheriff SWAT team officers. Foster is accused of armed robbery in the recent heists of several local stores and is also being investigated as the sole suspect of a local hit-and-run. On 12-23-2008 just after 3 p.m. Foster was driving his gold Ford Taurus when he allowed his car to collide with a blue Lincoln Marquis driven by Jacqueline Norris, 64, of Auburn. Foster fled the scene of the collision (on Live Oak Lane at Edgewood Road in Auburn) and Norris was able to follow him and use her mobile phone to notify CHP. Norris led Auburn CHP units to where Foster had come to a stop, at the bottom of a private driveway off of Live Oak Lane near Martin Drive (almost a quarter of a mile from the scene of the collision). Foster admitted to having been in the collision and gave CHP Officer Williams a story that did not match the facts at hand. The collision report was forwarded to the Placer County D.A.’s Office and it recommended that Foster be charged with the hit-and-run collision (a misdemeanor) and not having insurance. He remains in custody at the Placer County Main Jail with bail set at $500.000 for the armed robbery charges.

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