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Auto theft suspect is caught in Ione after lengthy chase
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A Stockton man was taken into custody earlier this week on the outskirts of Ione after he led Manteca Police on a chase in a stolen vehicle.

Ione is in the Sierra foothills of Amador County 47 miles northeast of Manteca.

According to the agency, officers on Tuesday morning noticed a vehicle that had been reported stolen and attempted to the stop the driver. Rather than pulling over the driver – later identified as Francisco Canales – fled from officers and reportedly drove erratically in an attempt to get away.

“Officers attempted a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle, but the driver and solo occupant, fled,” the Manteca Police said in a statement announcing the arrest. “The suspect made several dangerous driving maneuvers, which constituted a felony level offence.

“The suspect’s actions showed a clear disregard for the safety of the public.”

During the pursuit the Manteca Police received assistance from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, the Stockton Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol, and the caravan of law enforcement officers chased Canales to the outskirts of Ione before driving off the roadway and attempting to flee on foot.

While Canales did evade detection for a brief while, officers from the Ione Police Department – with the assistance of several alert Ione residents – helped track him down and arrest him.

Upon making identification officers learned that Canales was on probation for auto theft and driving on the wrong side of the road while trying to evade arrest.

Canales is currently being held without bail in the San Joaquin County Jail for a host of charges and is due to appear in the Manteca branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court on Monday to answer to the charges. 

To contact Bulletin reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.354