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Deputies capture jail escape after chase & crash by high school

Both of the San Joaquin County Jail inmates that escaped last week in San Francisco while out on a day pass have been taken into custody in Stockton.

Elijah Cervantes, who was in custody on charges of carjacking, willful cruelty to a child, battery on a person, and a violation of parole, had walked away from the Delancey Street rehabilitation center where he was supposed to be interviewing for a possible placement last week.

On Tuesday, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office’s AB109 Task Force – with the assistance of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Fugitive Apprehension Team – located Cervantes in Stockton on El Dorado Boulevard and initiated a pursuit.

Cervantes eventually lost control of the vehicle and crashed in front of St. Mary’s High School where he was taken into custody.

He is currently being held in the San Joaquin County Jail without bail, and faces new charges of driving on a suspended license, hit and run resulting in injury, obstructing and resisting an officer, evading a police officer with wanton disregard for safety, failure to the keep to the right side of the road, and driving at unsafe speeds for prevailing conditions – charges that come with a bail amount of $210,500. He is also being charged with escaping from custody, a parole violation, and a host of other charges related to his escape and evasion from law enforcement.

Certantes was visiting Delancey Street on a day pass that was signed by a judge and was under the supervision of the San Joaquin County Probation Department at the time that he slipped away.

The other inmate that also fled from the famed San Francisco facility – Stevie Wilson – was apprehended earlier in the day by the San Joaquin County Probation Department. He was in custody for robbery and a host of weapons charges – and was in custody on $750,000 bail.

The additional charge of escaping from the jail revoked the possibility of parole, and he and Cervantes are both scheduled to appear in San Joaquin County Superior Court today to answer to the new charges. 

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.