A new Olympic event?
A man wanted in two counties was arrested after a fall from a roof, a foot chase, fence jumps and a failed jolt from a Taser in Delhi.
Deputy Preston Sanchez ran down a lead that Andres Diaz, 32, was staying at an address in the 9000 block of Hillside Drive in Delhi, said deputy Tom MacKenzie.
Diaz was wanted by both Merced and Stanislaus counties on several charges.
Along with five other deputies, Sanchez went to the address around 10:30 p.m. Monday. As soon as Diaz realized the officers were after him, he tried to run out the back door, MacKenzie said.
But he found two of the six deputies waiting for him. With nowhere to go, Diaz climbed onto the roof of his house and tried to jump onto the roof of the apartment complex next door.
Unfortunately for Diaz, MacKenzie said, the distance was farther than his legs could carry him. He didn't make it across and fell to the ground on the other side of the neighbor's fence. Diaz jumped to his feet, started running and began jumping over fences trying to get away.
The deputies found him in the backyard on a nearby street. As he tried to jump over yet another fence, one of our deputies was able to grab his sweater. Diaz turned as if he were going to hit the deputy, MacKenzie said, when he was struck in the leg by a Taser from another deputy.
The suspect fell to the ground, but as he was crawling away, the wires leading to the Taser probes broke. Diaz managed to get up and start running again, said MacKenzie.
Finally, he was caught by all six deputies less than a block away. During the arrest, Sanchez found a small amount of meth in Diaz's sock.
Diaz was booked on Stanislaus County and Merced County warrants for charges of spousal abuse, theft, violation of court orders, violation of probation, assault with a deadly weapon and possession of methamphetamine. He remains in jail in lieu of $167,000 bail.
-- Mike Tharp