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Hit & run victim chases suspect

Officers search a 1993 Ford Aerostar that was involved in a hit & run accident Thursday morning at the intersection of Lathrop Road and Airport Way.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin


POSTED September 4, 2009 2:42 a.m.
Mario Alonzo Salazar, 46, of Lodi, was captured in a hundred yard foot chase down a railroad right-of-way south of the ACE Commuter Express station on Yosemite Avenue at about 9 a.m. Thursday.

Manteca Police patrolman Armen Avakian gave a secondary chase after the victim first pursued the suspect  of the Lathrop Road and Airport Way rear-end crash into the parking lot of the commuter station.

Avakian reportedly chased the man after seeing him run from his car eastward toward the train station where he turned south and ran along the tracks.  The officer chased the motorist some 100 yards down a ditch next to the tracks where he arrested him.

Rounds of .357 magnum ammunition along with two 20-gauge shotgun shells were found in his vehicle, police said.  In addition to the hit and run charge he was charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition.   After being booked at the Manteca jail he was released on a citation to appear in court.

While the van bore a 2010 tab on its license plate, police said it had not been registered for three years.  It was subsequently impounded.
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