Authorities on Tuesday arrested an Oakdale man after a 14-mile, high-speed police chase that ended in Riverbank, where the suspect's car reportedly crashed into a Stanislaus County sheriff's patrol vehicle.
Efrain Juarez Guzman, 27, was taken into custody after a police officer used a Taser to stop him from running from the Riverbank crash site, according to the Ripon Police Department.
The chase began shortly before 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of South Parallel Avenue, just east of Highway 99 in Ripon. Officer Alex Contreras tried to pull over Guzman, in a reported stolen vehicle, but he drove away.
Guzman was driving a silver 1997 Honda Civic at speeds that reached 90 mph on Highway 99 and 70 mph on the rural roads toward Riverbank, said Ripon Police Chief Ed Ormonde. The Civic was reported stolen in San Jose.
Ripon police pursued Guzman as the chase continued for another 13 minutes through northeast Modesto, before the pursuit headed north into Riverbank. Ormonde said the vehicle pursuit ended with the crash into the deputy's vehicle near Patterson Road and Railroad Avenue.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department had responded to a request from Ripon police to assist in the pursuit.
The crash spun the Civic, which then became inoperable. Ormonde said Guzman got out of the Civic and ran from the crash site, but a Ripon officer used the Taser to stop him.
Guzman was apprehended, examined by medics at the scene and taken to a local hospital, before he was booked at the San Joaquin County Jail, according to police. Authorities later learned that Guzman had two warrants for his arrest.
No officers or deputies were injured during the incident.
"I want to thank the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, especially the deputy who assisted in the pursuit, for their willingness in providing support to neighboring agencies in the apprehension of criminals," Ormonde said.