Two suspects caught in Turlock after wreck in stolen car

Responding officer involved in crash, hurt

01/31/2013 8:27 AM

01/31/2013 9:44 AM

Officers this morning arrested a man and a woman after catching them stealing a car in Turlock, authorities said. A Turlock Police officer responding to a call for assistance was involved in a separate accident and was involved in a crash. He was taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, according to officer Mayra Lewis of the Turlock Police Dept. The incident started when STANCATT officers saw a man and a woman breaking into a white Honda Accord on Tully Road at 7:15 a.m.

As they started to drive away, officers "immediately threw out a spike strip as a preventative measure," according to Alan Pittman of the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force.

The strip deflated the left front tire of the Honda.

"They tried to flee anyway," Pittman said.

The Honda collided with a City of Turlock vehicle at Tully and Fulkerth Road.

The man ran away, but officers caught him a short time later by Walmart. The woman was taken into custody at the scene.

Nobody was injured in the collision involving the stolen car.

The investigation into the incident is continuing. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the traffic collision and Stanislaus County law enforcement is looking into the pursuit.

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