A tip of a stolen car parked outside a Turlock store led to a high speed pursuit on Highway 99 that ended when the suspect lost control of the vehicle and crashed.
The crash did result in the suspect, Louie Daniel Romero Sr., 36, of Tracy being taken to a hospital for unspecified injuries. No other injuries were reported in the incident, though two Turlock Police officers were almost struck by the suspect during his getaway, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.
Shortly around 12:30 p.m. Thursday the police department received a tip about a stolen car out of Stockton parked in the parking lot of the Home Depot store at 2800 Countryside Drive.
Units from the Turlock Police Department and the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Taskforce set up a perimeter around the area and waited to see if someone would return to the stolen vehicle.
Not long after the perimeter was established, a Turlock officer spotted a man running out of the Home Depot store with his arms full of merchandise that would later be determined to have been stolen from the store.
Romero loaded the merchandise into the stolen vehicle and started to drive away, which is when he spotted the officers closing in around him.
Romero sped out of the parking lot, causing two officers to take evasive maneuvers to avoid being hit by the fleeing vehicle, Lewis said.
Officers chased after the vehicle as it got onto northbound Highway 99 and continued following it until the California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit.
The high speed chase continued all the way to Manteca, where it came to an end when the suspect lost control of the vehicle and crashed near the off-ramp of Highway 120 and Union Road in Manteca.
Romero was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of stolen property, auto theft, and felony evading.
A mug shot for Romero was not available because he had to be taken to the hospital.