Man chased after ringing doorbells naked

July 16, 2009 12:49:32 PM PDT
A man was arrested early Saturday after allegedly ringing residents' doorbells naked then leading deputies on a chase in a pickup truck, a San Mateo County sheriff's lieutenant said today.

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Two residents of the 2000 block of El Prado Street in unincorporated Redwood City reported around 3 a.m. that a naked man was ringing their doorbells, sheriff's Lt. Ray Lunny said.

A deputy who responded to the calls spotted a blue Dodge pickup truck driving away from the area, Lunny said.

The deputy attempted to stop the truck but the driver refused to yield.

Deputies pursued the man as he allegedly drove recklessly for nearly seven miles before stopping truck on the Sand Hill Road on-ramp to northbound Interstate Highway 280.

He then exited the car and ran, entering an occupied house in the 500 block of Sand Hill Circle by kicking in a door, Lunny said.

The man then left the house and tried to hide behind nearby trees and shrubs, Lunny said. Deputies attempted to subdue him with an electronic control device but were unsuccessful.

Deputies then shot two "bean bags" at the man and were finally able to take him into custody, Lunny said. He was transported to Stanford Hospital for an evaluation and was then booked into San Mateo County jail.

The man was identified as 38-year-old Peter Allen Steele. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, evading a peace officer, driving with a suspended license, indecent exposure, entering a house without permission, vandalism and resisting arrest.

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