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Police nab suspects after pair of pursuits

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POSTED October 30, 2012 1:59 a.m.

Two separate fleeing motorists led patrol officers on pursuits in Manteca early Monday morning with police canine “Hoss” literally taking a bite out of crime in the second chase.

It all began just minutes after midnight when Officer Will Mueller notified his dispatcher that he was behind a motorist who was failing to yield to his lights and siren while speeding away  eastbound on East Yosemite Avenue from Fremont Avenue.

The white Jeep had been reported stolen earlier out of Manteca, police said.  The pursuit lasted some two minutes over a distance of nearly two miles while reaching speeds from 45 to 60 miles per hour.  Sgt. Mike Aguilar backed up Mueller when the vehicle driven by Edward William Adams, 20, a transient, alias of “Bambi”, reportedly jumped out of the driver’s seat to the pavement while the Jeep was still moving forward.

The vehicle collided with a concrete wall at the on ramp to southbound Highway 99.  Officers said Adams fled on foot, noting that he was later found hiding in a nearby dumpster and was taken into custody without incident.  A passenger in the Jeep was detained and later released.

Some four hours later, patrolman Dave Brown radioed his dispatcher that he was in pursuit of a green Toyota Camry whose driver had failed to yield when he attempted to pull the vehicle over. 

The officer was eastbound on West Center Street from North Union Road attempting to stop a Mercedes.  Christopher Williams, 45, of Oakland led the officer on the second chase of the morning that went for some three miles at speeds through the city at up to 85 miles an hour. 

The suspect vehicle ultimately slid off the roadway and became disabled in the dirt with the driver fleeing on foot in the 1500 block of North Main Street.  Officer Brown reportedly fired his taser at the suspect but the darts deflected off of the man’s coat and had no effect.

Brown said the man continued to run and climbed over a barb wire fence in a further attempt to get away from him.  After he cleared the fence, he went over a second fence getting away from the officer.

Canine Officer Bob Anderson set up a perimeter to the west at 255 Northgate Drive realizing the suspect had cleared a second barb wire fence.  Anderson deployed his police dog “Hoss” and ordered him to chase the suspect. 

Officer Brown caught up with his partner and both attempted to take the motorist into custody saying he was actively resisting them.  Brown said he delivered at least three baton strikes to the suspect’s legs.  Hoss was called off the suspect and the man was taken into custody.

Paramedics were called to the scene and checked on the suspect’s condition but found no immediate need for an ambulance transport, police said.  Williams reportedly had open wounds consisting of abrasions to his hands and a canine bite.

Williams was transported via a police unit directly to Doctors Hospital of Manteca where he was treated and released only to be transported to the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp.   

Both men are being held to answer in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Adams is being held in county jail for violation of state parole in addition to being charged with two felonies including the taking of a vehicle without the owner’s consent.  Misdemeanor charges include evading police officers, and resisting, obstructing or delaying a police officer.

Williams is being held in county jail in lieu of $49,400 bail.  He has been charged with two felonies including evading a police officer with wanton disregard for public safety, DUI alcohol/drugs, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license for DUI.

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