Turlock man nets four years for vehicle thefts

A Turlock man was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison for stealing two vehicles and leading authorities on a chase from downtown Ceres to south Modesto in March, according to the Stanislaus County district attorney's office.

David Michael Woolsey, 37, of Turlock, was convicted of two counts of auto theft, evading a peace officer and resisting arrest.

On March 4, Woolsey was spotted driving a stolen a 1990 blue Mazda pickup in Turlock, prosecutors said.

When a police officer tried to pull Woolsey over, Woolsey ran from the vehicle and escaped.

On March 17, an officer spotted Woolsey speeding in a stolen 1989 Nissan 240SX in Ceres.

The officer was about to pull Woolsey over on El Camino Avenue when he raced off, heading north and onto Highway 99, according to Ceres police.

The chase continued into south Modesto, where Woolsey sped through neighborhoods before heading back toward Highway 99 and crashing near a highway offramp.

Police said Woolsey tried to run across the highway, but he was apprehended.