SOUTH SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The windshield of a Chevy minivan was smashed by a stolen Caltrans tri-pod Thursday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP said the tripod, which belongs to a Caltrans survey team, was stolen from the corner of Neasham Circle and Front Street in Sacramento around 10:34 a.m. Five minutes later, the tripod was deliberately thrown from 2nd Street, west of Interstate 5, and went through the windshield of the passenger van traveling south on the interstate.

(credit: CHP – South Sacramento)

A tripod was thrown through the windshield of a van on southbound Interstate 5. (credit: Military Family Support Group)

The event caused a medical emergency for the vehicle occupants, and CHP said they were transported to UC Davis for evaluation. There is no word on their condition.

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Officers identified the suspect as a white male adult who was wearing dark clothing. At approximately 1:20 p.m., Sergeant Robinson reportedly observed a suspect matching that description on Front Street, where the initial theft occurred.

After a short foot pursuit and struggle, the suspect, a 32-year-old transient, was detained. He was taken to the South Sacramento CHP area office for questioning. Investigators said more follow-up investigation is needed for the incident.

The suspect was later booked into the Sacramento County Jail for an active warrant and resisting a police officer.

Officers are investigating this incident as attempted murder.