An unmarked StanCATT vehicle was rammed when trying to stop the driver of a stolen car Monday afternoon. The driver fled the scene, and two passengers were arrested.
Authorities are looking for a Modesto man, Harley Climer, who ran after striking the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force officer's car, said Matt McCain, a California Highway Patrol officer with StanCATT.
The incident began when a StanCATT officer located the stolen 1994 Honda Accord in east Modesto and followed at a distance. When a traffic stop was attempted in the area of Norwegian Avenue and Coffee Road, Climer rammed the StanCATT vehicle, McCain said.
The Honda fled the scene but crashed into a fence a couple of blocks away. Climer and passenger Timothy Harmon ran, but Harmon was apprehended. The second passenger, Jessica Ann Nelson, remained with the Honda.
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Harmon was arrested on suspicion of obstructing an officer, McCain said. Nelson was arrested on a warrant in an elder-abuse case. She remained in Stanislaus County Jail on Tuesday morning, with bail set at $100,500.
Climer faces charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon.
Climer was released from jail on his own recognizance March 5 in a Stanislaus County Superior Court case in which he's charged with illegal use of tear gas and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In August, the then-18-year-old pleaded no contest to a charge of vehicle theft.
Anyone with information on Climer's whereabouts is urged to contact Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward. Tipsters may also text information to Crime Stoppers at 274637 — type "TIP704" along with the message.