An attempted reckless driving traffic stop became a car chase and foot pursuit through a house and onto the streets of Turlock Thursday, before police were able to apprehend a local man.
At approximately 3:41 p.m. on Thursday, a Turlock Police officer saw a car fishtailing down Lander Avenue. The officer began a traffic stop and the driver pulled into the parking lot of a tire shop on Lander. When the officer started to get out of his vehicle, the car took off, said Lt. Ron Reid of the TPD. A car pursuit ensued down Lander, High and Orange streets. According to Reid, just as the officer called off the pursuit because it was getting too dangerous for public safety, the suspect pulled over in front of a house in the 700 block of S. Orange Street. The driver then proceeded to run into the house. When officers entered the house looking for the suspect, they heard footsteps above them and found the man, Antonio Delatorre, Jr., 20, of Turlock, kicking vents in the attic.
Delatorre was able to kick out a vent and escape to the street, with officers in pursuit, according to the police report. Officers surrounded the area and were able to apprehend Delatorre on the corner of Bruce and Angelus streets.
Delatorre was charged with attempting to elude police officers with wanton disregard of public safety, resisting arrest and being in possession of a drug pipe. He was also wanted for two prior arrests — stealing a car and being in possession of burglary tools.