Escalon Man Arrested After Chase

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Escalon Man Arrested After Chase

Calaveras Sheriff’s Deputies arrested an Escalon man following a short vehicle chase. According to the Sheriff’s Office around 6 Friday evening, a patrol deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for a minor traffic infraction on Pine Street in West Point.  The vehicle failed to yield and accelerated at a high rate of speed fleeing westbound on Highway 26 and forcing another motorist off the roadway.  The pursuit was terminated a short time later for safety reasons but the suspect vehicle was seen on Sawyer Road near West Point.   Deputies familiar with the area knew that Sawyer Road dead ends so a perimeter was established.   When the suspect vehicle attempted to leave the area a short time later, deputies conducted a felony car stop and arrested the driver without further incident.   Deputies discovered two different license plates displayed on the suspect vehicle, and neither plate belonged to that car.  A check of the VIN number revealed that vehicle was stolen out of Manteca.  During a search of the vehicle, deputies seized methamphetamine and a key that had been altered to be used as a burglary tool.  The driver, Lester Dias was booked into the Calaveras County Jail on a felony warrant out of San Joaquin County as well as a number of local charges. His total bail was set at $130,000.00.

Written by KVGC Staff