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Canine tracks suspect to bushes in retirement community

A two-hour manhunt this morning ended at a retirement community in Turlock where sheriff’s deputies arrested the suspected driver of a stolen vehicle, they said.

Deputies pulled over the vehicle about 1:40 a.m. at Geer Road near Minnesota Avenue in Turlock on suspicion of not showing a license plate, at which point the driver, identified as 31-year-old Ed Miller of Turlock, fled the vehicle on foot and led officers on a chase, said Sgt. Vince Kimbrough with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s department.

He said deputy Barry Balance and his canine partner, Sergo, picked up a scent from the vehicle and tracked it for about a half mile over fences and through a residential neighborhood to bushes at a retirement community where they found Miller about 3:30 a.m. He was arrested on a parole hold and suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle. One of two passengers in the vehicle was arrested on a warrant, Kimbrough said. The passenger’s name was not available.

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