Afternoon Newsletter

Atwater police identify pursuit suspect

A man who escaped after being pursued this weekend by Atwater police has been identified as 24-year-old Raymond Santististevan of Atwater.

The suspect is a parolee who’s listed as a transient, according to Lt. Samuel Joseph, Atwater police spokesman.

The chase happened just before 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. Officer David Walker was on routine patrol when he received information from a resident about a stolen vehicle from Atwater, Joseph said.

The officer spotted someone driving the stolen Toyota Corolla in the 600 block of Elm Avenue.The officer tried to pull over the Corolla, but the driver wouldn’t stop.

Santististevan was going about 65 mph through a residential area, failing to obey stop signs, Joseph said.The pursuit continued east on Broadway Avenue from Shaffer Road, with the Corolla traveling about 75 mph.

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

With the Corolla still rolling, Santististevan jumped out and fled on foot.

The vehicle crashed into a boat parked outside one of the trailers. Officers pursued Santististevan on foot, but he escaped. The vehicle was returned to the owner, Joseph said.

Police are asking anyone with information about Santististevan's whereabouts to call (209) 357-6396.

Tipsters also can call the automated tip line at (209) 357-6390. Tips are confidential, and callers can remain anonymous.

— Sun-Star staff