A man spotted driving around in a stolen pickup was jailed Friday morning, April 10 after he led a Ceres Police officer on a high-speed chase into Modesto.
Vincent Plattner, 45, of Modesto, faces charges of evading an officer with disregard for public safety, grand theft auto, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of burglary tools and probation violations.
The incident unfolded at 11:11 a.m. when Ceres Police Officer Eric Souza heard chatter over the Stanislaus County Sheriff Department’s radio that a caller had reported seeing his friend’s stolen lifted white Chevrolet pickup traveling northbound on Highway 99 near Taylor Rd in Turlock. Officer Souza intercepted the pickup approaching Hatch Road and followed the vehicle take the Crows Landing Road exit. Plattner then accelerated and began driving erratically in an attempt to get away.
Plattner turned southbound on Crows Landing Road and led Officer Souza on a pursuit onto eastbound Olivero Road where he made an immediate southbound turn through a parking lot back on to Crows Landing Road. Plattner then crossed over Crows Landing Road and entered a parking lot in the 1600 block of Crows Landing Road. There Plattner ran from the pickup as Officer Souza chased him in the patrol car. The suspect ran to the rear of a business where he attempted to scale a chain-link fence but couldn’t get over the razor wire. Officer Souza blocked Plattner’s path to escape with his patrol unit and ordered Plattner on the ground at gunpoint. He complied and was detained.
Plattner suffered cuts to his hands from the razor wire and had to be medically cleared at Doctors Medical Center before being booked into the Stanislaus County Safety Center.