Sexual assault suspect arrested after chase in west Modesto

etracy@modbee.comJuly 31, 2013 

    Erin Tracy
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    Bio: Erin Tracy started working for The Bee in September 2010. She has a journalism degree from Humboldt State University and previously worked at the Daily Democrat in Woodland and the Times-Standard in Eureka.
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— A man wanted on charges of sexual assault led Modesto police on a short pursuit in west Modesto early Wednesday, authorities said.

An officer spotted a reckless driver on California Avenue about 2:30 a.m. who was speeding and passing other cars, said Sgt. Rick Applegate. The officer attempted a traffic stop, but the driver wouldn't pull over.

The driver headed north onto North Dakota Avenue, where he drove into a closed truck yard in the 300 block, crashing through a locked gate.

The suspect drove through the yard and back onto North Dakota, where he continued north, Applegate said.

Officers pursued him onto Woodland Avenue, where he headed east and eventually stopped at Rosemore Avenue and Bridger Drive. Police say the suspect got out of his car and ran, but was quickly apprehended by a police dog.

Luis Martinez, 19, of Ceres received medical treatment before being booked at the Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, evading and vandalism associated with driving the car through the fence.

Martinez, a documented gang member, was wanted by Ceres police on suspicion of rape, assault to commit rape and oral copulation. The assault occurred July 14, but the victim could not identify her attacker at the time. Ceres detectives identified Martinez as a suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest.

The pursuit of Martinez lasted fewer than six minutes, spanned about three miles and reached speeds of up to 70 mph.

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