Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies arrested a man who was wanted out of Escalon, Hughson and Ceres, authorities said.
Around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Benjamin C. Haney, 21, of Escalon was sitting inside a red Camaro at 224 S. Abbie St. in Empire, sheriff's spokesman Royjindar Singh said. A sheriff's deputy nearby noticed the Camaro and recognized it as a car that had been stolen earlier in the day from Escalon, so he tried to stop the driver.
Haney drove past the deputy, who had drawn a gun and commanded him to stop, Singh said. The deputy watched Haney drive into the Breezewood Mobile Home Park, at 648 S. Santa Fe Ave., about a mile away.
After finding the Camaro still running in the mobile home park, deputies surrounded the area and used a helicopter and dog to search for Haney, Singh said. The dog tracked Haney from the Camaro into a mobile home and found Haney around 4:25 p.m., Singh said. Haney had fled into the home, forcing a woman and her 7-year-old grandchild to remain on their couch while he hid, authorities said.
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Haney remains in the Stanislaus County Jail with bail set at $120,500. For Tuesday's incidents, he was arrested on suspicion of burglary, false imprisonment and theft of a stolen vehicle. He also had a warrant out of Ceres in connection with felony theft.
Deputies out of Hughson also had been seeking Haney in connection with a pursuit two weeks ago between Hughson and Riverbank, Singh said, which resulted in charges of evading a peace officer, possession of burglary tools, resisting arrest and probation violation.