Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Delta Regional Auto Theft Task Force in Three County Chase

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California Highway Patrol officers take a man into custody at March Lane and Interstate 5 after pursuing him from Sacramento, past Tracy and back to Stockton, where he stopped. 
Jordan Guinn
STOCKTON - A high-speed through three counties ended with an arrest on March Lane in Stockton just before 8 p.m. Thursday.
The chase began around 5:30 p.m. in West Sacramento, when officers of the Delta Regional Auto Theft Task Force tried to pull over a driver in a truck that had been reported stolen, said Lt. Johnny Starling of the California Highway Patrol. From Yolo County, the chase raced through Sacramento County finally ending three hours later in San Joaquin County.
"He went southbound on Interstate 5 and around on Highway 133  heading back north into Stockton," Starling said. "We popped his tires with a spike strip on Kasson Road when he wasnorthbound, and he was throwing off sparks for miles."
When the chase ended, the only tires left on the truck were the two on the right rear. The wheels were nothing but bent rims.
Several law enforcement cars also had their tires popped by spike strips during the chase, Starling said.
"Sometimes you get a lot of various agencies helping (during a car chase) and they will throw down strips without telling everyone else," he said.
In addition to the Delta theft task force and the CHP, the Stockton Police Department and the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office participated in the chase.
A crowd of about 100 people gathered to witness the scene when the driver finally surrendered at March Lane near the Comfort Inn.
Many onlookers shouted for officers to open the back of the truck to see what was inside, but investigators opted not to fling open the trailer door.
No drugs or weapons were found on the driver, who appeared to be a man in his 30s.
The truck reached speeds up to 80 mph at times during the chase, officials said. The name of the suspect was not immediately released.

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