Ripon Police Chief Ed Ormonde got his man as one of two suspects fled into an almond orchard Wednesday morning after officers made a traffic stop in the 700 block of Jack Tone Road.
Officer Justin Qualle was on patrol at 9:30 a.m. when he observed a suspicious Honda Accord. A record check showed that the car had been stolen out of Lodi. The vehicle abruptly pulled off the roadway and the occupants left the vehicle.
As the officer attempted to take the driver, Jamie Castaneda, 31, of Stockton into custody, he broke away and ran into an orchard across from the Tractor Supply Store, south of Highway 99.
The second suspect who was a passenger in the vehicle, Jesse James Ayraud, 30, also of Stockton, was arrested without incident. Other officers responded to the scene and set up a perimeter around the orchard. Chief EOrmonde spotted the suspect on the west side of the orchard near Weststeyn Farms in the 2200 block of South Highland Avenue and took him into custody at gunpoint without incident.
At the time of his arrest, Castaneda was alleged to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine.
Lt. Steve Merchant said the vehicle was searched and a .40 caliber pistol was located.
Castaneda was charged with possession of a firearm being a felon and an addict and with a prior violent offense, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, being a prohibited person owning or possession ammunition, vehicle theft, conspiracy to commit a crime, receiving stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest.
Ayraud was charged with possession of a firearm with a prior violent offense, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, vehicle theft and receiving stolen property, carrying a loaded firearm in public, drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine in his possession as well as being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition.