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Crash-a-thon ends in arrest of DUI suspect

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POSTED June 22, 2013 2:13 a.m.

A 41-year-old Merced man was arrested by Manteca Police after crashing into numerous cars on South Main Street near Highway 120 and in the Walmart parking lot shortly after 1 p.m. Friday following a collision reported earlier in Tracy.

Carlos Vaca was charged with multiple felonies: DUI and for being under the influence of narcotics, three counts of hit and run and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon as he rammed vehicles trying to flee the South Main Street area.  Two counts of hit and run were added by the CHP for collisions on the Highway 120 Bypass.

Manteca police received a call reporting a motorist in a black Ford Mustang who was intentionally crashing into vehicles in the Walmart parking lot.

Patrol officers arriving on the scene found multiple damaged vehicles – two on South Main Street and three in the parking lot.  Police quoted witnesses’ reports of the Mustang traveling on South Main Street near Highway 120 when it collided with a Toyota Camry.  They told police the Mustang immediately left that crash scene and in less than a block away collided with a Toyota pickup truck.

The driver pulled away from that damaged vehicle and entered the Walmart parking lot where it collided with a Chevy Aveo.  As it was driven from the third crash scene it entered the adjacent Denny’s Restaurant parking lot, turning around and heading back towards the entrance to the Walmart parking lot.  In doing so, police said, the motorist intentionally struck a Chevy Aveo and a Ford sedan.  The Mustang then drove away from those collisions and fled eastbound onto Highway 120.

Within minutes another crash was reported on the Highway 99 off ramp at Yosemite Avenue northbound.  Witnesses reported seeing the same Mustang collide with the sound wall on the east side of the off ramp, just south of the Wendy’s restaurant. 

Police said a Hispanic male adult was observed running from the vehicle toward Home Depot.  A Merced County Sheriff’s unit that was in the area followed the suspect and the deputy provided updates to Manteca Police and to CHP officers who were responding to the crash on the off ramp.  Officers were able to locate the suspect a short distance from his vehicle and he was taken into custody without incident.

Manteca police had learned that just prior to the collisions on South Main Street the Mustang was involved in at least three previous crashes – two on the Highway 120 bypass and one on McArthur Drive in Tracy.  No injuries were reported in any of the incidents, police reported.

Charges related to the Tracy collision are pending, police said.

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