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Auto theft pursuit suspect to get three years

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POSTED March 25, 2009 4:46 a.m.
Joshua Johnson, 23, reportedly pled guilty to one  count of auto theft with a prior in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court Tuesday morning and will receive three years in prison -- not the maximum seven years.

Johnson led officers on a high speed pursuit in the fog the morning of January 9 sideswiping two cars at Crum and Benjamin streets.  He continued westbound on Crum in the fog and broadsided a woman driving northbound with a child in the car at Airport Way.

According to the police, he continued southbound on Airport Way ditching the car in the 200 block of North Airport Way.  He ran into back yards and hid in an outbuilding underneath a box -- with his feet sticking out.

Officers located him there and made the arrest.  In the back seat of his car was a “real looking” automatic rifle that police collected for evidence.

Officers John Moody, of the DELTARAT auto theft task force at the time, was in charge of the case.  Moody has since returned to patrol status with the Manteca Police Department having a knack of remembering license numbers of reported stolen cars.

Deputy district attorney Angel Panda dropped the charges of fleeing police considered an obstruction of justice.
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