Anthony Richard Tostado, 30, of Manteca led Ripon officers on a short pursuit up Jack Tone Road at 2:30 a.m. Saturday reaching speeds of some 90 miles per hour until his black Honda suffered a mechanical failure, causing him to pull to the side of the road just north of Clinton South Avenue – north of Ripon.
Ripon Police said the man abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot into an orchard near Van Wyk Lane. Ripon officers Raul Hernandez and Richard Francis pursued the suspect through the orchard and quickly caught up to him, according to Lt. Steve Merchant. Seeing the officers directly behind him, he gave up and was taken into custody without incident, Merchant said.
Police said the cause of the traffic stop was that they saw he had a license plate on his vehicle registered to a Ford truck that did not match his Honda sedan. They said he stopped briefly before accelerating at the high speed.
Officers allegedly located methamphetamine and marijuana on the suspect’s person who was found to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failure to appear in court and he was also found to be on active San Joaquin County probation for possession of stolen property. His new charges included two felonies and nine misdemeanors, according to the Sheriff’s booking sheet that also listed his moniker of Daddys.
The arresting officers also located a frightened Labrador that had been abandoned in the suspect’s garbage-strewn vehicle. The dog was cared for by the officers at the scene and taken into protective custody.
Tostado was booked to the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp on charges that included the outstanding warrant for his arrest, evading a police officer, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance, driving on a suspended license and possession of marijuana.
Tostado is scheduled to appear today in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court at 1:25 p.m. in Department 1.
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