CHASE ENDS WITH TWO ARRESTS: Two parolees in a stolen car led officers on a 25-minute chase for about 40 miles Monday afternoon from Newman through Turlock, authorities said. The men were arrested about 4:30 p.m. after they ran a stop sign in Turlock and crashed into a Jeep, said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Rick Gilstrap of the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force. StanCATT officers arrested Michael Bettencourt, 36, and Clyde Retzlaff, 34, on suspicion of auto theft, possessing stolen property, felony evading and resisting arrest. Retzlaff was a parolee at large, Gilstrap said. The chase started near River and Hills Ferry roads in Newman when officers tried to pull over Bettencourt, who continued along Highway 33 and into Turlock, authorities said. At North Broadway Avenue and Florence Street, the car hit a Jeep, but no one was injured. Bettencourt and Retzlaff ran, Gilstrap said, but officers found and arrested them quickly. StanCATT, the CHP and Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies participated in the pursuit, he said. The stolen vehicle had been reported missing Friday morning from Turlock; its owner had left it warming up unattended, Gilstrap said.
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