Police log: Driver hits street sign, leads chase
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A Patterson man led police on a cross-county chase early Sunday morning, June 20, after an officer watched a driver crash into a street sign and drive off, according to reports.

After the driver failed to pull over for the officer at about 2:30 a.m., reports show he led police in a pursuit north on Highway 33 into San Joaquin County, where the California Highway Patrol was called in to take over.

Officers apprehended 36-year-old Felipe Diaz

of Patterson a short time later when he drove into a field near the intersection of Bird and West Grant Line roads in Tracy. K-9 units were there to help with the arrest, reports said.

Diaz was arrested on suspicion of evading a police officer, reckless driving and driving under the influence.

June 20

• 9:45 p.m.: A 38-year-old Patterson man was arrested on suspicion of assault after multiple witnesses told police they saw him beating his wife in central Patterson, according to reports.

June 19

• 4:55 p.m.: Police arrested Maria Martinez, 42, of Patterson, on suspicion of shoplifting at Save Mart Supermarkets, 1035 Sperry Ave. Store security officers reported seeing Martinez try to leave the store without paying for a cart full of liquor. When she tried to take off in a vehicle waiting outside the store, reports show, security officers held her until police arrived. Martinez was arrested on suspicion of burglary and booked into Stanislaus County Public Safety Center in Modesto.

June 18

• 4:22 p.m.: Police went to the 200 block of North First Street after someone reported a driver who appeared intoxicated. When they found the suspect, police confirmed that Edgar Hernandez, 38, of Patterson, had a warrant out for drunken driving. Hernandez was arrested and booked into Stanislaus County Jail in Modesto.

June 15

• 2:11 a.m.: Police responded to a report of a hit-and-run crash involving a parked vehicle on the 400 block of Roadrunner Drive, where the owner of the vehicle gave officers the suspect’s license plate number. Deputies found and arrested the driver, 18-year-old Christian Flores of Patterson. According to police, Flores confessed that he was responsible for the collision. Flores was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and driving without a license.

• 4:54 a.m.: A work truck was stolen from the 500 block of Del Puerto Avenue, where it had been left to warm up in a driveway. When the responding officer learned that the truck was equipped with GPS, he broadcast its location and direction of travel and found the truck. Julio Duran, 26, of Patterson, was arrested on suspicion of without incident about 35 minutes after the theft was reported, police said.

• Items in this column include a sample of reports in the Patterson Police Services dispatcher’s daily log. Additional information is based on reports from officers. Charges may have been added or dropped as of press time, and all suspects are assumed innocent until proven guilty. For more police log, visit www.pattersonirrigator.com.
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June 24, 2010
June 15 truck stolen 4:54 am:

Hah, I almost got my car stolen from in front of the house a few years back, only a block from there, around the same time of day.

This says a lot for implementation of the police stopping anyone on foot after, say, 2 am. and asking them thieir business. And absolutely, ask for their papers. Not too many people would have a valid reason for being out on foot at 4 am. Of course, everyone would scream that rights would be violated or racism since most suspicious people I've seen on the streets at night are Mexicans.

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