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Police lift up truck to rescue suspect

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POSTED February 16, 2010 1:07 a.m.
It was a short police pursuit with a grave ending.

The chase began before midnight Thursday when Manteca Police Sgt. Mike Sexon spotted a blue Chevy pickup traveling northbound on Spreckels Avenue at a high rate of speed.  The officer said the truck sped through the Chevron station on the corner of Yosemite Avenue at about 50 miles per hour and continued around the pumps and on through the Applebee’s restaurant parking lot, through the Jack in the Box parking lot and behind the Gas Depot on Yosemite Avenue.

Sgt. Sexon said the driver exited northbound onto Yosemite Avenue driving over the median and eastbound toward Highway 99 with the officer initiating a pursuit with lights and siren.  The driver attempted to drive southbound onto the onramp toward Highway 99 when speed caused him to lose  control, hitting  the concrete curbing where his car rolled three times.

Driver Felix Novarro was ejected from his vehicle and landed on his arm.  Officers lifted the truck off of the man allowing medics to treat him at the scene and to transport him to San Joaquin County Hospital in French Camp.  He was said to have suffered arm and back injuries from the crash.
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