Crashes during pursuit injure 4 San Joaquin deputies

local@modbee.comJuly 16, 2013 

Four San Joaquin County sheriff's deputies were injured in crashes after a pursuit Sunday night.

According to authorities, deputies tried to make a traffic stop of a red Ford at MacArthur and Stoneridge drives in Tracy at 9 p.m. The Ford had been reported stolen in a carjacking in Stockton.

Deputies started a pursuit, using their lights and sirens. The driver led them east on Interstate 205 to the Interstate 5 interchange. The pursuit continued north on I-5 until the stolen vehicle took the El Dorado Street exit.

Near French Camp Road, the driver turned off the vehicle's lights, "causing a chain reaction when another vehicle was in the path of the pursuit," the department said in a news release.

Deputies had to slam on the brakes to avoid rear-ending the vehicle. A deputy lost control of a patrol car, sending it into oncoming southbound traffic, where the patrol car collided with an uninvolved vehicle.

One civilian and four deputies suffered minor injuries. They were taken to a hospital, where they were treated and released.

Two patrol cars were involved in a secondary collision while attempting to return to the collision scene. The person driving the vehicle that caused the accident drove away; authorities had not found the driver Monday afternoon.

They found the stolen car at Stanislaus and Church streets in Stockton and took the passenger into custody. The California Highway Patrol is handling the investigation into the crashes.

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