Turlock man arrested after pursuit ends in crash

08/04/2014 4:53 PM

08/04/2014 6:38 PM

A short pursuit of a man in a stolen truck ended in a crash in Turlock on Sunday night, police said Monday.

The incident began when a woman reported that an intruder, identified as 27-year-old Miguel Florez, was in her house Saturday in the 1700 block of Joett Drive, said Turlock police Sgt. Stephen Webb.

The woman was in the process of moving out of the home Friday when she met Florez, who asked if she needed help. Florez returned to her home Saturday evening, and the woman discovered him inside, Webb said.

She got the license plate number of the Dodge pickup Florez was driving and reported it to police, who learned that the pickup had been stolen in Ceres, Webb said. An officer following up on the case Sunday spotted Florez in the pickup near the woman’s home on Joett and a pursuit ensued.

The officer followed the Dodge west on Joett and then north on Tully Road, Webb said.

The pursuit ended less than a mile later when Florez drove into the southbound lanes to pass cars stopped at a stop sign at Tuolumne Road, Webb said. In the intersection, the pickup hit the rear of a Honda sedan traveling east on Tuolumne, according to police.

Flores got out of the car and ran but then turned around and was aggressive toward officers, Webb said. Officers used a Taser to subdue Florez; Webb said he was found to be under the influence of methamphetamine.

Florez was arrested on suspicion of felony evading, resisting arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

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