SHORT CHASE, THEN ARREST: A Lodi man with a stolen handgun led Calaveras County deputies on a short chase on Highway 26 in Valley Springs on Saturday, hitting a 69-year-old woman's car with his truck, then hiding in a yard before being captured with the help of neighbors, authorities said. The 69-year-old woman and a 25-year-old woman identified by officers as the Lodi man's girlfriend were flown to Modesto hospitals. Their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, said Sgt. Dave Seawell of the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department. About 10:40 a.m., a deputy tried to stop a man later identified as Michael Sauve, 20, on an equipment violation, according to the Sheriff's Department. Sauve accelerated through the Mar-Val Food Store parking lot, 55 S. Highway 26, and drove west on the highway. Less than a mile away, he hit the victim's vehicle before jumping from his car, running toward Gold Creek Estates and hiding, Seawell said. He left the injured 25-year-old in his pickup. When deputies found him, Sauve had ammunition in his pocket, Seawell said, and officers found the stolen handgun in Sauve's car. Sauve was arrested on suspicion of felony evading of a peace officer, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, felony hit and run, and resisting arrest. He also had a warrant out of Calaveras County for his arrest. He remained in custody Sunday evening.
TEEN DIED ON BIRTHDAY: The teenager who drowned Saturday in Modesto Reservoir died on his 17th birthday, authorities said. Nieves Maldonado of Denair was on a raft just before he went underwater about 6:30 p.m., deputy Royjindar Singh of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said. Deputies recovered the body about 7:15 p.m. The drowning happened in the Rocky Point area, in the southwest part of the reservoir, Singh said. It's a dangerous area, said Sgt. Larry Seymour, who used to be on the Sheriff's Department dive team, because many people try to swim out to the buoys and are overwhelmed by the cold water.
THREE DEAD IN MINE: Authorities found three men dead in an abandoned gold mine Saturday night in O'Neals, about 30 miles northeast of Madera. The men were identified by the Madera County Sheriff's Department as David Alan Alison, 35, and Matthew Terry Alison, 23, both of Prather, and Brannon David Scharf, 26, of Madera. The mine was built during the California Gold Rush. Eastern Madera County is littered with "extremely dangerous" open mines abandoned more than a century ago, according to the Sheriff's Department.