A Turlock Police officer spotted an attempted burglary at a smoke shop, which led to the arrest of three suspects, one of whom was wanted for attempted murder.
The arrest was made after a police pursuit that ended with a suspect crashing the stolen vehicle he was driving, said Turlock Police Sgt. Stephen Webb.
The incident began shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday when an officer on patrol noticed a man trying to pry open the door of Smoke Depot at 500 Lander Avenue. As the officer drove up, the suspect got into a waiting vehicle on the passenger side and the vehicle sped off.
The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver, later identified as Ricky Beets, 31, disregarded the lights and sirens and attempted to outrun the patrol car.
Early into the pursuit a female passenger was ejected from the vehicle as it made a turn, Webb said. The woman, identified as McKayla Dollard, 26, was found uninjured in the 200 block of Fifth Street and taken into custody.
The vehicle wound its way to the area of Golf Road and Linwood Avenue. While traveling at a high rate of speed, Beets lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a pole. Beets tried to continue his escape on foot, but was apprehended in the 1600 block of Golf Road.
The passenger was the man seen trying to pry the door open and later was identified as Sean Smith, 26. Smith also ran from the vehicle after the crash. He was found a few minutes later walking in the 1200 block of E. Linwood Avenue, Webb said.
The vehicle Beets was driving was stolen, but had yet to be reported, Webb said.
The entire vehicle pursuit lasted about six minutes.
Beets was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary, conspiracy, auto theft, felony evading, hit and run, and resisting arrest.
Smith was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary and conspiracy. He also was wanted by the Modesto Police Department on a warrant for attempted murder. The details of the attempted murder charge were not available.
Dollard was arrested for a parole violation.