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Turlock carwash fiasco leads to vandalism charge for Ceres man
Byron Zappelli
Byron Zappelli

A Ceres man caused quite a bit of damage after trying to make a U-turn inside a carwash in Turlock.

The misstep resulted in vandalism charges for Byron Zappelli, 44, of Ceres after he fled the scene of his destruction, the Turlock Police Department reported.

Just after 1 p.m. Sunday, Zappelli pulled into the Chevron gas station at 100 E Glenwood Avenue and pulled into the carwash, ignoring the barricades posted at the entrance.

“Staff at the gas station attempted to get the driver to stop several times, and even offered to help reverse his vehicle out of the carwash for him,” said Turlock Police spokesperson Deandra Wiley.

Zappelli declined the offer of help and decided that he could get out of the carwash by making a U-turn. As a result, he crashed his black Ford Expedition into several poles, a gas box attached to the building and on one occasion into the building itself, Wiley said.

Zappelli had driven away from the gas station prior to officers’ arrival, but dispatch received calls of a dangerous driver in the area that was the same vehicle description. Additional officers responded and Zappelli was located and taken into custody.

He was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism.