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Prowler triggers wild chase

Suspect rams victim’s car; caught running on freeway

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Prowler triggers wild chase

Police inspect damage caused by a man fleeing from a south Manteca residence who used his vehicle to assault a pursuing motorist’s car.

GIL POMALES/The Bulletin

POSTED March 6, 2013 1:17 a.m.

It was a cat and mouse chase at high speed that put a man in jail after reportedly ramming a resident’s vehicle who gave chase on the heels of an alleged prowling incident Tuesday morning.   

Manteca Police said the call began shortly before 7 a.m. in the 1100 block of Brenda Lee Drive in the Woodward Park neighborhood in southeast Manteca. A resident went out to get a newspaper from his driveway and noticed a man parked near his white Cadillac and tampering with his car.

The resident got a camera and attempted to take a picture of the 30-year-old subject who then ran to his green BMW and sped away.  The stunned Mantecan got his keys and gave chase in his own car following the suspect to Woodward Avenue and then to an area on Moffat Boulevard some two blocks west of Austin Road.  He immediately called 911 to alert Manteca officers of the chase.

Patrolmen said the suspect put his car in reverse and rammed the vehicle following him.  The resident then executed a pit maneuver on the BMW that jumped the curbing and was pinned by the pursuing vehicle.

The fleeing driver bailed out of his passenger side door and ran back toward Austin Road and across the southbound lanes of Highway 99 halting in the center divider. Manteca Police Lt. Tony Souza was driving to work when he spotted the subject who ran back to the western edge of the freeway near the Kamps Propane yard near Austin and Moffat, police said.  Souza parked in the center divider and turned on his emergency lights causing the suspect to reverse his course on foot.

Sgt. Julie Renfro was in the southbound lanes with Patrolman Marnix Lub taking the suspect into custody without further incident.

Francisco Hernandez was charged with assault with a deadly weapon in the ramming of the pursuing vehicle, driving without a license, and failing to provide evidence of insurance.  He is being held without bail for U.S. Border Patrol agents.

There is nothing scheduled for him to appear in court.

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