Modesto traffic stop turns into in chase, crash, search

07/28/2014 10:08 AM

07/28/2014 10:10 AM

What started as a traffic stop early Monday evolved into a chase as police tried to capture two robbery suspects from the Bay Area.

According to Modesto Police spokeswoman Heather Graves, the incident started at 1:22 a.m. when an officer tried to stop a 2012 Toyota Camry at Paradise Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The car took off, leading police in a short chase down Morgan Road before officers called it off after losing sight of the vehicle. As the officer started to leave the area, the suspect vehicle passed the patrol car, Graves said.

The officer chased the car. A check of the license plate found that police in San Francisco were looking for the vehicle in connection with a string of robberies.

Police found the car spun out in a cornfield at Morgan and Keyes roads at 1:39 a.m.

Police and Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies set up a perimeter to look for the suspects; a California Highway Patrol helicopter responded from Fresno to help.

The search was unsuccessful; officers from San Francisco came to collect the car as evidence, Graves said.

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