Police arrested a man driving a stolen pickup truck following a vehicle pursuit on Friday in Gilroy, police said. Gilroy police, with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, arrested 38-year-old San Martin resident Antonio Vasquez after he fled from police in a stolen vehicle, police said.
Officers near the intersection of Murray Avenue and Tomkins Court in Gilroy located the suspect driving a stolen vehicle. When police attempted to stop the 2003 Dodge Ram pickup truck, the driver fled, exceeding speeds of 100 mph on both county roads and the freeway, according to police. Throughout the chase, the driver traveled through unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County and near South Valley Middle School in Gilroy.
The school was briefly placed on lockdown until the suspect was arrested, police said. Police made numerous attempts to disable the vehicle, without success. When the pursuit ended at Leavesley Road and Swanston Lane, Vasquez initially refused to exit the vehicle.
Vasquez was eventually taken into custody on suspicion of several felonies including evading police, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle with prior similar offenses, being a parolee at large, possession of methamphetamine for sale and on suspicion of a misdemeanor of resisting arrest, police said. Vasquez was booked into Santa Clara County Jail.
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