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Escalon Police pursuit ends with crash on Yosemite near UP Tracks in Manteca

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POSTED February 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.

A police pursuit from Escalon to the heart of Manteca in the predawn hours Sunday led to a crash on Yosemite Avenue near the UP Railroad tracks where a 24-year-old motorist was taken into custody by Manteca and Escalon officers.

Police said Escalon Officer Kenneth Steele was behind the vehicle driven by Nathan Spencer Marcus when it spun out of control in the 400 block of West Yosemite Avenue after striking a center divider.  When the driver overcorrected the vehicle, it struck a light pole and ended up on the railroad tracks, the report stated.  An oncoming train came to a halt 15 feet from the vehicle and did not make contact, police added.

Manteca Sgt. Jody Estarziau said the driver exited the vehicle and began to run until he saw he was surrounded by Manteca officers and laid down face first on the ground where he was taken into custody.

Marcus was transported to the San Joaquin County Jail on four felony and one misdemeanor charge including being in violation of his state parole with a no bail attachment.

He was also charged with evading police with wanton disregard for public safety during the pursuit, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of a controlled substance and also for transportation and the selling of a controlled substance.

Marcus is scheduled to appear today at 1:30 p.m. in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court.

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