One man was arrested and two were hospitalized in critical condition following a high-speed chase that ended in a crash off Highway 99 near Galt this afternoon.
Lt. Jim Uptegrove of the Galt Police Department said officers were called about 11 a.m. to the 900 block of Whitford Court regarding a residential burglary. The resident reported that someone had knocked on her front door and when she didn't answer, the individual went to the rear of the house and attempted to get inside. The woman fled and called police.
When officers arrived, the would-be intruder was gone, but police found that a screen on the rear of the house had been removed and a window broken. Neighbors reported seeing two Latino men in a maroon vehicle driving through the neighborhood about the time of the break-in.
About 2:30 p.m., a detective was at a Galt market when he spotted three Latino men in a maroon vehicle that matched the description police had received. About the same time, Uptegrove said, Galt police were contacted by Lodi police, who were investigating a residential burglary in their city that also involved individuals in a maroon vehicle. Lodi police had a partial license plate number, and it matched the plate on the vehicle at the market.
When officers attempted to contact the men at the market, two jumped in the car and fled, while the third was detained.
Officers pursued the vehicle south on Highway 99. Just past Peltier Road, the driver lost control of the vehicle, which went off the highway, overturned several times and came to rest on a frontage road on the west side of the freeway.
Both occupants were transported to an area hospital. Because of their condition, their names have not been released.
The third man, identified as 20-year-old Henry Ramirez, was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property. Uptegrove said items reported stolen from the Lodi residence were recovered.
He said all three men are from Galt and known to police.