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Auto theft suspect jailed after police pursuit
Robert Escanuelas
Robert Escanuelas

A 39-year-old Seaside man was arrested late Thursday after he led Ceres Police on a high-speed chase in a vehicle he is alleged to have stolen.

At 11:22 p.m., Sgt. Vince Hooper was checking the area of Hatch and Mitchell roads for a gray Acura TL just reported stolen. He found the vehicle and pulled in behind it, at which time the driver Robert Escanuelas, 39, sped away and ran a red light. Sgt. Hooper gave chase with lights and siren. Escanuelas drove through several neighborhoods at a high rate of speed with no regard for others’ safety. 

The pursuit ended when Escanuelas pulled into an alley off of Bystrum Road where he was taken into custody. He was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges, including auto theft, evading a peace officer and violating the terms of his parole.