Sacto 9-1-1
February 1, 2012
Highway chase from West Sacramento to Tracy ends in arrest

By Robert D. Dávila

The driver of a stolen commercial van was booked into Yolo County Jail after leading law enforcement officials on a highway chase from West Sacramento to the Tracy area, officials said.

Jeremy Allan Pratt of West Sacramento was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of several felonies, including possessing stolen property and evading arrest, California Highway Patrol Officer Adrian Quintero said Wednesday.

Officials said the chase began around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday when an officer from the CHP's auto theft unit saw Pratt get behind the wheel of the parked commercial truck on Jefferson Boulevard in West Sacramento. The officer was investigating cases involving stolen commercial vehicles in West Sacramento when he spotted the van and found it was reported stolen.

The truck fled to Interstate 5 and headed south with West Sacramento police in pursuit as far as Elk Grove, where the CHP continued the chase into San Joaquin County.

The vehicle continued through Stockton to the Tracy area before turning back north on I-5 at Highway 132, officials said. Spike strips eventually punctured the truck's tires and forced the driver to exit at March Lane in Stockton, where he surrendered and was arrested around 7:30 p.m.

No other vehicles were damaged and no one was injured during the chase, which lasted more than 90 minutes, officials said.

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