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Running Ripon stop sign trips up fraud suspects

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Running Ripon stop sign trips up fraud suspects

Ripon patrolman Mario Ysit, left, and traffic officer Steve Meece are seen with a motorist Ysit arrested after initiating a pursuit from a roundabout at North Ripon Road and River Road.

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POSTED January 24, 2013 1:15 a.m.

Fraudulent documents were uncovered by Ripon police early Wednesday morning after a patrolman initiated a pursuit of a motorist who failed to stop at a roundabout at River and North Ripon roads.

Patrolman Mario Ysit was assigned to the accident-plagued four-way stop intersection when he attempted to pull over a Riverbank man for driving through the roundabout without stopping.

First Sergeant Steve Merchant said Jorge (Jose) Garcia, 29, attempted to outrun the officer in what developed as a three-minute pursuit that moved down River Road and onto Jack Tone Road where the driver attempted to hide in an orchard near South Clinton Avenue. The driver did not have a valid driver’s license.

Officers discovered a Social Security card they say did not belong to the motorist as well as a Mexican ID card that did not belong to him.  Sgt. Merchant said the man admittedly added that he ran from the officer because he didn’t have a license to drive.

Garcia was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges of evading a police officer, driving without a license, manufacturing deceptive government IDs and for being in possession of false government documents.

Bail was set at $23,581 with a court date of Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court.

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