Car thief suspect runs into Gustine apartment, holes up with children inside

Bee Staff ReportsJune 17, 2014 

— A police chase took a scary turn when a car theft suspect ran into an apartment with children inside and briefly holed up, authorities said.

According to the Gustine Police Department, California Highway Patrol officers pursued a man into town about midnight Monday. The man, who was not identified, was driving a stolen vehicle with a broken taillight.

He refused to pull over, driving at speeds of up to 110 mph on Highway 33, police said.

The man stopped the vehicle on Jensen Road at South Avenue and ran into an apartment in the 1500 block of South. A woman came out of the apartment and told police the man was inside with her children.

Officers from the CHP and the Gustine and Newman police departments surrounded the apartment and evacuated nearby units. Police had the woman try to talk the man into coming out of the apartment.

After several minutes of what police described as tense negotiating, the man opened the front door and surrendered to police.

Police said the man lives in Gustine and has a history of domestic violence and possession of stolen vehicles.

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