Sacto 9-1-1
January 31, 2012
Stolen truck stopped after chase from West Sacramento to Stockton

A chase that began about 6 p.m. in West Sacramento ended more than 90 minutes later near Stockton when the driver of a stolen box truck finally surrendered to California Highway Patrol officers.

Sgt. Trent Tyler of the West Sacramento Police Department said the CHP has been investigating cases involving stolen box vans, and this afternoon they spotted a stolen van that was parked and unoccupied on Jefferson Boulevard. When a man got in the vehicle and started to drive away, CHP and West Sacramento police officers attempted to stop it.

Tyler said the truck driver tried to ram an unmarked CHP car and then a police car, and law enforcement officers gave chase.

He said three West Sacramento patrol units and a K-9 unit pursued the vehicle as far as Elk Grove, and the CHP continued the chase into San Joaquin County and through Stockton.

The driver then turned around and headed back toward Sacramento, but was stopped about 7:40 p.m.after law enforcement officers deployed spike strips, puncturing the truck's tires.

Despite the lengthy chase, Tyler said no one was hurt and no vehicles or equipment were damaged.

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