Pursuit reported in Atwater

February 4, 2013 

Atwater police are on the lookout for a man who led officers in a vehicle pursuit late Sunday night.

Just before 11:30 p.m. Officer David Walker was on routine patrol when he received information from a citizen about a stolen vehicle from Atwater, according to Lt. Sam Joseph.

The officer spotted someone driving the stolen Toyota Corolla in the 600 block of Elm Avenue. The officer tried to pull over the driver of the Corolla, but he failed to stop.

The driver of the Corolla drove at about 65 mph through a residential area, failing to halt at stop signs. The pursuit continued eastbound on E. Broadway Avenue form Shaffer Road, with the Corolla traveling around 75 mph.

The vehicle turned into the Ranch Grande Mobile Home Park at 851 E. Broadway Ave., traveling through the mobile home park at a high rate of speed, Joseph said.

While the Corolla was still rolling, the driver jumped out and fled on foot. The vehicle crashed into a boat parked outside one of the trailers. Officers pursued the suspect on foot chase, but he escaped. During the foot chase, one of the officers injured his knee, Joseph said.

Joseph said the police are still trying to determine the identity of the suspect who’s around 25 years old. He was also wearing an orange California Department Of Corrections and Rehabilitation jacket, which was later discovered and booked into evidence.

Joseph said it's unknown why the man was in possession of the CDCR jacket.

The vehicle was eventually returned to the owner, Joseph said.

— Sun-Star staff

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