MODESTO — Two Modesto men were arrested early Wednesday morning in Calaveras County after a pursuit that reached speeds of 100 mph.
The chase started in Valley Springs about 2 a.m. when Calaveras sheriffs deputies saw a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Valley Oaks Shopping Center at highways 26 and 12.
When the deputies went to talk to the suspects in the gray Toyota, it sped from the parking lot and the deputies gave chase, said Sgt. Chris Hewitt.
The suspects headed west on Highway 12, their car reaching speeds of 100 mph and swerving into oncoming traffic lanes, Hewitt said.
As the vehicle neared the San Joaquin County line, the deputies requested assistance from the San Joaquin County Sheriffs Department and the California Highway Patrol. San Joaquin County CHP took over the pursuit, eventually stopping the Toyota using spike strips on Highway 99, Hewitt said.
The two suspects ran from the car but were detained a short time later. Officers searched the vehicle and found a handgun and two cash register drawers.
During the pursuit, other Calaveras County deputies responded to the Valley Oak Shopping Center to conduct security checks of the businesses and found that Showtime Video had been burglarized.
The deputies found scattered in the parking lot pieces of open mail belonging to several people.
The two suspects, identified as Luke Martin Lahman, 26, and Jason Robert Wright, 21, were booked at the Calaveras County Jail on suspicion of crimes including burglary, conspiracy, possessing stolen property, evading, and various weapons charges.
Lahman has an extensive criminal history and was on post-release community supervision in Stanislaus County prison under the states prison realignment program, Hewitt said.