For nine miles a Turlock man was hoping against hope that he could outrun a bevy of Turlock police officers, even after his vehicle lost a tire in one of the three crashes he had along the way.
In the end, it was an unsustained hope, as Eduardo Camarillo found himself in handcuffs and facing a litany of criminal charges for his ill-fated run from the law.
Camarillo's trouble with the law started before the first flashing lights appeared in his rear view mirror Wednesday afternoon. It was around 3 p.m. that the police department received a call from an individual reporting a dangerous driver in the area of Monte Vista Avenue and Geer Road.
The caller gave a detailed account of the driver's reckless behavior and a description of the gray pickup truck he was driving.
An officer located the truck in the area of Monte Vista Avenue and Crowell Road and attempted to stop the driver for a traffic violation, but the driver, later identified as Camarillo, had no intention of pulling over.
Camarillo sped off from the officer, instigating a pursuit that drew in additional Turlock police officers and wound its way through Turlock streets and neighborhoods covering a span of nine miles, said Turlock Police spokesman Officer Steve Rodrigues.
During the pursuit Camarillo allegedly struck two parked cars and a telephone pole. One of the collisions caused the right front wheel to come off the truck, but didn't stop Camarillo from continuing his getaway.
The pursuit finally came to an end when Camarillo crashed the truck up and over a driveway in the area of Redhill Way and Wildtree Lane. Officers were quick on his tail and were able to take him into custody without any trouble.
Camarillo was arrested on suspicion of felony evading a peace officer, hit and run and driving on a suspended license.
The investigation is ongoing and it has yet to be determined if drugs played a factor in the collisions, Rodrigues said.