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Citizens pointing to fleeing parolee-at-large helps assist police during afternoon chase
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Brandon Freitas, 32, was apprehended by officers after crashing his car and fleeing on foot, jumping over several fences until he was captured in the side yard of a home in the 400 block of East Center Street near the courthouse. - photo by GLENN KAHL

Manteca Police Street Crime Unit detectives and a state parole officer got their man in the pursuit of a parolee-at-large Wednesday afternoon through central older residential neighborhoods.

Detectives spotted Brandon Freitas, 32, in a 2003 Mitsubishi Lance at Sherman and Moffat and they attempted to make a traffic stop. The man fled at high speed.  As officers chased the vehicle in unmarked cars, citizens on the sidewalks and in other vehicles were pointing out the direction of the fleeing man.

Detective Paul Carmona said the officers were about to call off the search because it was approaching the schools when the man made a wrong turn down the dead-ended Pine Street.

Freitas reportedly had driven up Lincoln Avenue to Alameda and back to Pine Street where he lost control across from Hildebrand Park and skidded down the street and onto the front lawn of a residence.

The man then fled on foot jumping fences, police said.  Sgt. Chris Mraz followed chased him over two backyard fences and Officer Victor Vincent took over the foot chase on Center Street as he jumped out of his patrol car scaling a couple more fences taking Freitas into custody in the 400 block of Center Street in a side yard of a home.

Freitas is being held without bail because of the parole violation.  He is also charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana as well as burglary tools in the form of shaved keys.

Freitas is being held in the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp.