California Highway Patrol and emergency personnel helped to save a wanted felon involved in a single-car crash Saturday afternoon.
Crews responded to a call of a car that had gone off the road on Highway 5 north of Sullivan Road, west of Gustine, at just after 12:30 p.m.. The Toyota coupe crashed through a barbed wire fence and came to a halt about half a mile into a nearby field, said CHP officer Zachary Yosh. The accident also caused a small grass fire.
Witnesses said the driver, a man in his late 20s, was the only occupant and got out of the vehicle on his own. Officers responded to the scene and discovered he was a wanted felon out of the East Bay and driving a stolen vehicle. The cause of the crash is unknown as are the driver’s injuries. CHP and medical workers helped to lift the driver into the air ambulance where he was flown to a local hospital.
“Even though he was a wanted felon and driving a stolen vehicle, offivers assisted ambulance personnel load the injured driver (onto the helicopter),” the Modesto CHP office said in a post on its Facebook page. “He will have his day in court, but today, it’s business as usual ... saving lives.”