A Ripon man was arrested Thursday evening following a reckless pursuit that started in south Modesto and ended in his home town.
A California Highway Patrol Officer pulled over an 80s model Mitsubishi pickup with paper license plates at Crows Landing Road and Seventh Street at about 4:30 p.m., said Officer Eric Parsons.
When the officer approached the pickup he noticed that the radio was missing and it was running without keys in the ignition.
The driver, who had a female passenger in the front seat, sped away from the officer while he was talking to him and the officer ran back to his patrol car and pursued the Mitsubishi.
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The suspect fled onto northbound Highway 99 then exited on Kansas Avenue where he went west, Parsons said.
The pursuit continued north on Carpenter Road, west on Blue Gum Avenue then north on North Dakota Avenue and through Salida.
The suspect got back on northbound Highway 99 briefly before exiting on Main Street in Ripon and headed east.
He drove through residential neighborhoods before crashing into a tree in an orchard on Murphy Road north of Milgeo Avenue.
Parsons said the driver ran from truck but was caught by officers several minutes later.
John Deathriage-Walton, 22, was arrested on suspicion of reckless evading. During the pursuit, he was allegedly speeding, running stop signs and driving on the shoulder of Highway 99, Parsons said.
He said officers were still trying to determine Thursday night if the Mitsubishi is stolen.
The female passenger stayed in the vehicle following the crash and was not arrested.