Category Archives: Collision

Brenda Athletic Clubs president arrested for DUI after crashing into parked vehicle Wednesday night

On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022, at 11:04 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries in the 2300 block of Colorado Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. One was a gray BMW coupe and the other was a black Chevrolet pickup truck.

The gray BMW coupe had a single occupant, its driver, Thomas Brenda, 61, of Turlock. He suffered minor injuries and refused to be transported to the hospital. The black Chevrolet pickup truck was parked and unoccupied.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and determined that Brenda was traveling northbound on Colorado Ave approaching E Tuolumne Rd at an unknown speed. As Brenda was passing the black Chevrolet pickup truck which was legally parked on the side of the road and unoccupied, he allowed his vehicle to veer off the path of travel to the right which resulted in a collision with the front right side of his vehicle and the rear left side of the black Chevrolet pickup truck.

Officers noticed that Brenda was exhibiting objective symptoms of being under the influence, so they asked him if he would be willing to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. He refused. Officers then asked if he would be willing to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device, which he also refused. Brenda made the statement that he was coming from a local bar, however, he stated that he had only drank water six hours ago. Based on the objective symptoms Brenda was exhibiting, the fact that he had just been involved in a collision caused by a common primary collision factor with drunk drivers, the fact that he stated that he was coming from a local bar, and the totality of the circumstances, officers determined that he was under the influence of alcohol.

Brenda was arrested and transported to a local hospital for a blood draw as required by California’s implied consent law. The results of the blood draw revealed that Brenda had a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater.

Brenda was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater. He was also issued an administrative driver’s license suspension order by the California Department of Motor Vehicles and his vehicle was impounded.

Brenda is the president of Brenda Athletic Clubs which currently has two locations, one in Turlock and one in Modesto. When checking to see if Brenda has any prior DUI arrests, we came across a local criminal conviction from 2012. It’s currently unclear if that was also for DUI or for something else.

Man falls out of moving vehicle due to defective door latch Saturday night

On Saturday, June 18th, 2022, at 11:35 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of W Main St and Grant Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, a white Chevrolet pickup truck.

The vehicle had a single occupant, a 40-year old Hispanic male who suffered minor injuries and refused to be transported to the hospital.

Officers noticed that the subject was exhibiting objective symptoms of being under the influence, so they asked him if he would participate in standardized field sobriety tests. He agreed and completed them. Officers then asked if he would be willing to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device, which he also agreed to and completed. Based on the results of the tests, officers determined that the subject had been drinking, however, he was not yet intoxicated.

The vehicle sustained minor damage and was able to be driven away from the scene.

Officers began investigating and learned that the subject was traveling southbound on Grant Ave and in the process of making a westbound turn onto W Main St, when his driver door with a defective latch swung open. The subject was not wearing his seatbelt and because he was in the process of making a turn, he fell out of his vehicle and hit the asphalt. His vehicle then proceeded in a southwesterly direction up onto the curb, struck and ran over a pedestrian crossing sign, and came to final rest on top of the sign on the sidewalk.

Man arrested after running over officer’s foot and fleeing Tuesday evening

On Tuesday, June 14th, 2022, at 8:00 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported suspicious incident in the 1100 block of English Ave, Turlock, after several vehicles had been seen blocking the roadway with subjects hanging out around them smoking.

Officers arrived on scene and contacted Santiago Cornejo, 19, of Turlock, who was seated in a vehicle. Officers believed that Cornejo had narcotics in his vehicle, so they asked him to exit, however, he refused. Officers continued talking to Cornejo through his driver window, trying to convince him to exit, when he suddenly took off at a high rate of speed and ran over an officer’s foot.

Assisting officers attempted to give chase, however, Cornejo managed to get away.

Surrounding law enforcement agencies, including the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, were notified of the incident to be on the lookout for Cornejo’s vehicle.

At about 9:07 pm, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office received a notification from one of their automatic license plate readers at the intersection of East Ave and Oleander Ln that Cornejo’s vehicle had just been in that area. Cornejo was known to live at a house right at that intersection, so officers went there and made contact with some subjects nearby who were later determined to be his family members.

The family members told officers that Cornejo was not there, however, they called him and were eventually able to convince him to come home and surrender.

At about 10:10 pm, Cornejo arrived home and was arrested.

Cornejo was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of hit and run with injuries and resisting a peace officer.

Officer Zachary Schell was who had his foot run over. He suffered minor injuries and has already returned to work.

Pursuit ends in crash with innocent bystander and suspect escaping on foot Friday night

On Friday, June 10th, 2022, at 11:44 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of N Golden State Blvd and W Hawkeye Ave, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he attempted to make a traffic stop on it. When the officer activated his steady burning red light and siren, the vehicle failed to stop for him and a pursuit ensued northbound on N Golden State Blvd.

The vehicle turned westbound on W Tuolumne Rd and then southbound on N Tully Rd, however, the officer lost the vehicle and terminated the pursuit as he was not able to turn onto W Tuolumne Rd fast enough to see it turn onto N Tully Rd.

Assisting officers that were coming southbound on N Tully Rd were flagged down by witnesses who stated that the vehicle turned eastbound on Shadow Park Dr after the pursuit was terminated.

Officers checking the area found the vehicle in the 1700 block of Noble Ln crashed into another vehicle and abandoned. Witnesses told officers that the suspect had fled on foot westbound on Noble Ln just prior to their arrival. He was described as a heavy set white male adult standing at about six feet tall wearing a black shirt. The area was checked, however, he was not located.

Back at the collision scene, an innocent bystander in a black Acura sedan had broadsided the suspect vehicle, a black BMW sedan, pushing it into a tree.

No injuries were reported.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were towed away from the scene.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Colton Bickle at 209-668-5550 extension 6311.

Drunk driver arrested after crashing into police vehicle early Saturday morning

On Saturday, May 28th, 2022, at 2:50 am, the California Highway Patrol was dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with no injuries on S Golden State Blvd just north of State Route 99, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. One was a Turlock Police Department black and white Ford SUV while the other was a white BMW sedan.

It’s unclear how many occupants each vehicle had, however, no one suffered any injuries. At least one Turlock Police officer was seated in the vehicle when the collision occurred, Officer Andy Khounlivong. The Turlock Police Department was working a weapon offense investigation and had two prisoners in custody at the time, however, it’s unclear at this point whether either of them were seated in the police vehicle that was involved in the collision.

Officers noticed that the driver of the white BMW sedan was exhibiting symptoms of being under the influence, so they asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. The subject refused. Based on the fact that the subject had just been involved in a collision, the symptoms he was exhibiting, the odor of alcohol that was emitting off of him, and the totality of the circumstances, officers determined that he was indeed under the influence of alcohol.

Both vehicles sustained minor damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and determined that the white BMW sedan was traveling southbound on South Golden State Boulevard approaching State Route 99 while the police vehicle was stopped on the right shoulder with its rear facing flashers and forward facing steady red light activated. While the white BMW sedan was passing the police vehicle, it collided with its driver door which was open.

The driver of the white BMW sedan, whose identity is currently unknown, was arrested and booked into the Merced County Jail on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Four injured after two vehicles crash into two layers of fencing of a residence Wednesday night

On Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, at 10:50 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries in the 400 block of West Ave S, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved which had crashed into two layers of fencing of a residence. One was a silver Ford sedan while the other was a black Nissan pickup truck.

There were a total of four patients, three adults who suffered moderate injuries and one juvenile who suffered minor injuries. The driver of the black Nissan pickup truck was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by firefighters. It’s currently unclear which were transported to the hospital and which weren’t.

Both vehicles sustained major damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

It’s currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Woman dies after crashing into disabled big rig on freeway Friday afternoon

On Friday, May 20th, 2022, at 1:26 pm, the California Highway Patrol, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries southbound State Route 99 just south of Lander Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. One was a Buick SUV and the other was a Kenworth tractor trailer.

The Buick SUV had a single occupant, a 51-year old female of Livingston, whose identity has not yet been released pending next of kin notification. She suffered major injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. Eventually, while at the hospital, she succumbed to her injuries. The Kenworth tractor trailer also had a single occupant, Daljit Singh, 54, of Bakersfield, who was uninjured.

The Buick SUV sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away, while the Kenworth tractor trailer sustained minor damage and was able to be driven away from the scene.

Officers began investigating and learned that Singh was traveling southbound on State Route 99 and had a mechanical failure with his truck, so he pulled it off to the right shoulder of the freeway. A little later, the Buick SUV was traveling in the same direction as Singh, and for an unknown reason, its driver allowed her vehicle to enter the right shoulder behind Singh, colliding with the back of Singh’s trailer at before coming to final rest.

Officers determined that the driver of the Buick SUV was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the collision. Due to the lack of intrusion inside the Buick SUV, it is believed that she would have survived the collision if she was properly restrained. “The CHP would like to remind all motorists that seatbelts, when worn properly, have the ability to save lives when involved in a collision,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Thomas Olsen.

Three injured after man fails to yield at stop sign and causes rollover vehicle collision Wednesday morning

On Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 at 9:14 am, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Grant Ave and Flower St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. One was a gray Dodge sedan and the other was a white Acura sedan. The white Acura sedan was on its roof.

The driver of the gray Dodge sedan, a 61-year old male, suffered minor injuries and was ground transported to a local hospital by American Medical Response, while the driver of the white Acura sedan, a 68-year old female, also suffered minor injuries but refused to be transported. One of the vehicles was also occupied by a passenger who suffered minor injuries and also refused to be transported to the hospital.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and determined that the gray Dodge sedan was traveling eastbound on Flower St approaching Grant Ave, while the white Acura sedan was traveling northbound on Grant Ave approaching Flower St. Eastbound and westbound traffic have stop signs and have to yield to northbound and southbound traffic. The driver of the gray Dodge sedan stopped for the stop sign, however, failed to wait for the white Acura sedan to pass and pulled out in front of it, causing it to broadside him and rollover onto its roof.

“The speed limit on Grant Ave is thirty miles per hour and it is reasonable that a ninety degree broadside would flip a car at that speed or less,” said Turlock Police Lieutenant Neil Cervenka, who was previously the Sergeant over the department’s Traffic Unit.

Drunk driver arrested after crashing and injuring man Saturday night

On Sunday, May 15th, 2022, at 10:56 pm, the Turlock Police Department and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries in the 1600 block of Lander Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. One was a black Buick sedan and the other was a gray Jeep SUV.

The black Buick sedan had two occupants, one of which suffered minor injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. The gray Jeep SUV had one occupant, Linzey Pacheco, 28, of Hilmar. She was uninjured.

Officers noticed that Pacheco was exhibiting signs of being under the influence, so they asked her to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. Pacheco participated in one, however, refused to participate in the others after being advised not to by one of her friends who arrived at the scene.

Based on Pacheco’s performance in the one test she participated in and the totality of the circumstances, officers determined that she was indeed under the influence of alcohol.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Pacheco was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater causing injury. She was also issued a driver’s license suspension order and her vehicle was impounded.

Man dies after crashing vehicle into trees and being ejected Saturday evening

On Saturday, May 14th, 2022, at 5:59 pm, the California Highway Patrol, Keyes Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries on N Washington Rd just north of W Taylor Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, a Chevrolet pickup truck.

The vehicle had a single occupant, Eric Duane Vaughn, 46, of Stevenson, who suffered fatal injuries after being ejected from the vehicle during the collision.

The vehicle sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and determined Vaughn was traveling northbound on N Washington Rd at an unknown speed, when for an unknown reason, he allowed his vehicle to veer to the left. His vehicle traveled off the roadway into the west dirt shoulder and collided with two trees, causing it to overturn. The vehicle came to final rest on its side next to an orchard. While overturning, Vaughn was ejected from the vehicle causing his fatal injuries because he was not wearing his seatbelt.

At this point, it remains unknown if Vaughn was or was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

UPDATE: Suspect from Tuesday’s aggravated assault against officer arrested after second pursuit Friday afternoon

On Friday, May 13th, 2022, at 10:27 pm, the Turlock Police Department came out with an update regarding the aggravated assault against an officer and high speed wrong-way pursuit that had occurred on Tuesday, May 10th, 2022, at 76 DoubleTime, 101 N Tully Rd, Turlock.

The Turlock Police Department announced that after they had recovered the vehicle later the same day in Ceres, they obtained a search warrant for it and served that warrant the following day at the Turlock Police Department.

During the service of that warrant, what was believed to be an improvised explosive device (IED) was located inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle, which prompted a partial evacuation of the building.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office’s Bomb Squad responded to remove and secure the suspected IED from the vehicle. It was later analyzed and confirmed to be an explosive.

The Turlock Police Department also announced that their suspect, identified as Jonathan Alan Lewis, 23, of Turlock, had been arrested by the Solano County Sheriff’s Office earlier in the day following another pursuit which ended with a vehicle collision.

Following Lewis’ arrest, the Turlock Police Department obtained and served a search warrant at his place of residence at Parkside Apartments, 920 Pedras Rd with the assistance of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

The service of that warrant led to the discovery of additional evidence from Lewis’ crime spree.

Lewis was booked into the Solano County Jail on several felony and misdemeanor charges. After he faces his time for those charges, he will be brought back to the Stanislaus County and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm against a peace officer, hit and run with property damage, flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety, resisting a peace officer, and possession of a destructive or explosive device.

“In an effort to maintain the safety of the community and within a short window of time, the collaboration of multiple law enforcement agencies working together made it possible to bring this dangerous situation to a safe conclusion,” said Officer Richard Fortado.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Richard Fortado at 209-664-7399.

Jonathan Alan Lewis

Officer and police motorcycle struck during high speed wrong-way pursuit Tuesday morning

On Tuesday, May 10th, 2022, at 6:55 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a security check at 76 DoubleTime, 101 N Tully Rd, Turlock, after a male subject had been seen slumped over behind the wheel of a black Nissan sedan in the parking lot of the gas station.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a matching vehicle occupied by one male subject who was awake. They made contact with him and believed that he was under the influence, so they asked him to open his door. The subject refused, so officers opened his door for him. The subject then began to drive in reverse, ignoring the officers’ orders to stop. He struck an officer, who was not injured, and a pole near the gas pumps, before ultimately fleeing westbound on W Main St.

A pursuit was initiated and the subject went northbound on State Route 99, before exiting eastbound onto Fulkerth Rd and then northbound in the southbound lanes of N Golden State Blvd. The pursuit was terminated near Pedras Rd, however, officers continued to trail the vehicle at a distance.

The vehicle was involved in another collision while crossing W Tuolumne Rd. Luckily, no one was injured. It obviously did not stop and continued, still northbound in the southbound lanes.

Officers continued following the vehicle into Keyes, where it pulled into the driveway of a residence, however, quickly backed out when it noticed officers were still trailing behind it. The subject then struck an unoccupied police motorcycle and nearly struck an officer standing near it in the 4200 block of Warda Ave.

The subject then fled towards Ceres, however, officers stopped trailing him as ordered to by their sergeant. He was involved in at least one other collision in the county.

Officers later located and recovered the vehicle in Ceres, however, the subject has yet to be identified or located.

The investigation remains on-going.

Man crashes into house while chasing hit and run driver Sunday night

On Sunday, May 8th, 2022, at 11:33 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries in the 0 block of N Daubenberger Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, a black Volkswagen sedan, that had crashed into a guy-wire and a house.

The vehicle had a single occupant, an adult male, who did not suffer any injuries. The house that was struck was unoccupied at the time of the collision.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and determined that the collision happened when the driver of the vehicle lost control as he was chasing another vehicle that had struck him just prior to at the intersection of East Avenue and North Vincent Road. The California Highway Patrol responded to investigate that collision and no information regarding it is available as of now.

The Turlock Irrigation District responded to the scene to conduct repairs to the guy-wire.

Drunk driver arrested after crashing and causing injury Sunday night

On Sunday, May 8th, 2022, at 8:23 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported hit and run with no injuries at the intersection of Flower St and Grant Ave, Turlock.

As officers were responding, they received a call reporting that the suspect vehicle from the hit and run had been involved in another collision at the intersection of Lander Ave and South Ave.

Officers diverted to the second collision because the possible suspect and his vehicle were still there.

When officers arrived, they found a total of three vehicles involved. One was a gray Chevrolet SUV, one was a black Toyota sedan, and the other was a white Chevrolet pickup truck.

The gray Chevrolet SUV was the suspect vehicle in the hit and run and was only occupied by its driver, Albert Ramirez, 35, of Turlock. He did not suffer any injuries. The black Toyota sedan was occupied by a male adult driver and a female adult passenger. The female passenger suffered minor injuries but refused to be transported to the hospital. The white Chevrolet pickup truck was occupied by a female adult driver and a male juvenile passenger. Neither of them suffered any injuries.

Officers noticed that Ramirez was exhibiting signs of being under the influence, so they asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. Ramirez participated in one, but refused to participate in the other two. Based on Ramirez’s performance on the one test, other factors, and the totality of the circumstances, officers determined that Ramirez was indeed under the influence of alcohol.

The black Chevrolet SUV and black Toyota sedan sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away. The white Chevrolet pickup truck sustained minor damage and was able to be driven away from the scene.

It is currently unknown how the collision happened.

Another officer went back to the original scene and found a gray Hyundai sedan that had been struck by Ramirez’s gray Chevrolet SUV. The gray Hyundai sedan had an unknown number of occupants that suffered unknown injuries. It sustained minor damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away. It is currently unknown how that collision happened.

No witnesses were available to identify Ramirez as the driver in the original collision.

Ramirez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury.

Drunk driver arrested after striking parked vehicle and fleeing on foot Friday night

On Friday, May 6th, 2022, at 9:15 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries in front of Denair Manor Apartments, 550 Wayside Dr, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they found three vehicles involved. One was a blue Nissan SUV, one was a gray Nissan sedan, and the other was a blue Ford sedan.

The blue Nissan SUV had two occupants, its driver, Octavio Macias, 23, of Turock, and his passenger. Both suffered minor injuries. Macias refused to be transported to the hospital while his passenger was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. The other two vehicles were parked on the side of the road and unoccupied.

As officers attempted to make contact with Macias, he began to flee on foot, however, was quickly apprehended without further incident around the corner in the 1300 block of N Denair Ave.

Officers noticed that Macias was exhibiting signs of being under the influence, so they asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. Macias participated in one, however, was unable to participate in the other two because of how intoxicated he was. An open alcohol container was also found in his vehicle.

All three vehicles sustained moderate damage. The blue Nissan SUV and the gray Nissan sedan were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away. The blue Ford sedan was not deemed inoperable and it was left parked on the side of the road.

Officers began investigating and learned from witnesses that the blue Nissan SUV was westbound in the 500 block of Wayside Drive when it struck the left rear of the gray Nissan sedan. The impact pushed the gray Nissan sedan and caused the front of it to strike the rear of the blue Ford sedan. After the blue Nissan sedan struck the gray Nissan sedan, it veered to the left and came to final rest facing southbound in the middle of the road. One of the witnesses reported to officers that the blue Nissan SUV was engaged in some sort of reckless driving activity with another vehicle, a silver sedan, which did not stick around.

Macias was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater, resisting a peace officer, and hit and run causing property damage. He was also issued a driver’s license suspension order.

Man arrested after leading officers on pursuit and rolling vehicle over Thursday night

On Thursday, May 5th, 2022, at 8:59 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of W Main St and N Soderquist Rd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he attempted to make a traffic stop on it, however, it failed to stop and a pursuit ensued.

The vehicle went eastbound on W Main St before attempting to turn southbound onto Locust St where it lost control, struck a guy-wire, and rolled over.

The vehicle’s driver, Isaiah Singh, 23, of Turlock, and his passenger, Marlo Variste, 28, of Turlock, then leg bailed from the vehicle. Both were quickly apprehended without further incident.

It is currently unknown if Singh suffered any injuries, however, Variste suffered minor injuries. He was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

The vehicle sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

The Turlock Irrigation District was called out to the scene to conduct repairs on the guy-wire.

Singh’s motive for fleeing remains unclear as neither he nor Variste had any warrants, there was nothing of interest inside the vehicle, and the vehicle was not stolen.

Singh was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety, hit and run involving injuries, resisting a peace officer, and violation of probation.

Variste was arrested and released on a citation on charges of resisting a peace officer.

Woman escapes train crash with minor injuries Tuesday afternoon

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022, at 3:58 pm, the Turlock Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, Turlock Fire Department, Turlock Rural Fire Protection District, Keyes Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of W Taylor Rd and Taylor Ct, Turlock, after a train had struck a vehicle.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a stopped Union Pacific train that had struck a white Acura sedan. The white Acura sedan had a small fire, but it was quickly extinguished.

The train had two crew members on board, neither of which suffered any injuries. The white Acura sedan had a single female occupant which surprisingly only suffered minor injuries. She was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

The train sustained very minor superficial damage and was able to be driven away from the scene. The white Acura sedan sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

The train engineer stated that as he was headed southbound at an unknown speed, the white Acura sedan came eastbound on W Taylor Rd, approaching the railroad tracks and attempting to beat the train. As the white Acura sedan was about halfway over the tracks, the front left corner of the lead locomotive struck it. The train pushed the white Acura sedan about thirty feet southeast, causing it to collide with a railroad crossing box and a power pole, coming to final rest. The power pole snapped in half.

The Turlock Irrigation District responded to make repairs to the power pole and city crews responded to set up barriers while crews work.

Man arrested after crashing into tree due to Hydrocodone overdose early Sunday morning

On Sunday, May 1st, 2022, at 3:43 am, the Turlock Police Department and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries at a residence in the 900 block of E Main St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, a white GMC SUV, which had collided into a tree.

The vehicle had a single occupant, Ismael Flores, 28, of Modesto. Flores had suffered minor injuries and was also found to be overdosing on Hydrocodone. He was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

Prior to Flores being transported, officers attempted to run him through standardized field sobriety tests, however, he was unable to complete them. He was arrested.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred, however, it was determined to be the result of a Hydrocodone overdose.

After Flores was released from the hospital, he was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence of drugs.

One injured in wrong-way hit and run involving alcohol and juveniles early Saturday morning

On Saturday, April 30th, 2022, at 12:33 am, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and Westside Community Ambulance were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Fulkerth Rd and N Soderquist Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved, a gray Nissan sedan, which had collided into a couple of metal bollards.

The vehicle had five occupants at the time of the collision, however, its driver had fled on foot, so only four were at the scene. An adult front seat passenger, age 21, suffered minor injuries but refused to be transported to the hospital, while three juvenile back seat passengers, ages 13, 15, and 17, were uninjured.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and had a hard time putting the pieces together because little cooperation was given to them and no one wanted to identify the driver who had fled on foot.

One of the back seat juvenile passengers eventually told officers that the driver had turned westbound into the eastbound lanes of Fulkerth Rd from N Golden State Blvd and had then collided into the bollards when he tried to correct into the right lanes of traffic, not realizing that the bollards were there.

Additionally, a 24-pack of Modelo beer was found lying on the ground right next to the vehicle. All three juveniles were picked up by their respective parents and officers reported the incident to the Stanislaus County Community Services Agency’s Child & Family Services Division for further follow-up.

The investigation remains on-going.

Man suffers major injuries after being struck by vehicle Monday night

On Monday, April 25th, 2022, at 8:50 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, American Medical Response, and Oak Valley Hospital District Ambulance were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of N Tully Rd and Homer Way, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved, a navy Chevrolet sedan, which had struck a pedestrian.

The vehicle had at least three, but possibly four occupants, two of which were children, all of whom did not suffer any injuries. The pedestrian that was struck suffered major injuries and was ground transported by Oak Valley Hospital District Ambulance to a local hospital.

The vehicle sustained minor damage and was able to be driven away from the scene.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred, however, the damage on the vehicle was on the front passenger side and the pedestrian was in an area that did not have a sidewalk.

The pedestrian had his dog with him, who luckily was missed by the vehicle. The dog was taken inside a nearby business to be cared for.

Man arrested after leading officer on pursuit causing two separate vehicle collisions early Friday morning

On Friday, April 8th, 2022, at 2:22 am, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of W Main St and N Broadway, Turlock, observed a white Dodge sedan swerve while passing him. The officer made a u-turn on the vehicle and attempted to catch up to it to make a traffic stop on it, when it began making several quick turns, losing traction and speeding off northbound on N Broadway. The officer eventually caught up with it and attempted to make a traffic stop on it, but it took off and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit lasted for about two miles in town before hopping onto northbound State Route 99 from W Main St. On the freeway, the vehicle accelerated to speeds in excess of one hundred twenty miles per hour.

The vehicle eventually exited the freeway at E Keyes Rd, however, the officer chasing it collided with the embankment on the off-ramp. After the driver of the pursuit vehicle saw this, he attempted to get back onto the freeway, however, he lost control on the on-ramp trying to avoid colliding with another vehicle and also collided with the embankment.

Other officers began arriving at the off-ramp to assist the officer who had been in a collision, not realizing that the suspect had also been involved in one on the on-ramp until a witness told them.

Officers began searching the area for the suspect, when an observant officer noticed someone lying down in a nearby field. That subject was taken into custody without further incident and identified as Marcus Yussuf Anigilaje, 42, of Oakland. Officers were able to confirm that was who was driving the pursuit vehicle.

A search of the pursuit vehicle led to the discovery of a firearm, a separate fully loaded magazine, and some burglary tools.

Anigilaje was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or person addicted to a narcotic, possession of burglary tools, and altering or forging vehicle registration.

The California Highway Patrol responded to investigate the vehicle collisions. Other assisting agencies included the Stanislaus State Police Department, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, Modesto Police Department, and Los Banos Police Department.

The officer involved in the collision was identified as Officer Salvador De La Cruz. He was not injured and neither was Anigilaje when he was involved in his separate collision.

Both De La Cruz’s vehicle and Anigilaje’s vehicle were towed away from the scene with an unknown extent of damage.

Drunk driver arrested after injuring two in rollover vehicle collision Friday night

On Friday, April 1st, 2022, at 10:23 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Stanislaus State Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of W Monte Vista Ave and Geer Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found three vehicles involved. One was a blue Chrysler sedan, one was a gray Mercedes-Benz coupe, and the other was an unknown color Chevrolet pickup truck. The blue Chrysler sedan was on its roof and was approximately three hundred fifty feet away from the gray Mercedes-Benz coupe.

The blue Chrysler sedan had two occupants, its driver, Mario Gomez, 19, of Turlock, and his passenger. Both suffered minor injuries and refused to be transported. Prior to responders arriving, Gomez’s passenger was stuck in the vehicle and screaming for help. Bystanders rescued her. The gray Mercedes-Benz had a single occupant, its driver, who suffered minor injuries and refused to be transported. The unknown color Chevrolet pickup truck had a single occupant, its driver, who was uninjured.

Officers noticed signs that Gomez was exhibiting signs of being under the influence, so they asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. As a result of Gomez’s performance in the tests, officers determined that he was indeed under the influence of alcohol.

The blue Chrysler sedan and gray Mercedes-Benz coupe both sustained major damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away from the scene. The unknown color Chevrolet pickup truck sustained minor damage and was able to be driven away from the scene.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Gomez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury.

Drunk driver arrested after crashing into fence early Thursday morning

On Thursday, March 31st, 2022, at 3:08 am, the Turlock Police Department and Stanislaus State Police Department were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries in the 2500 block of Crowell Rd, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved, a white Nissan sedan, which had crashed into the fence of a residence.

The vehicle had a single occupant, identified as Antonio Rodriguez, 24, of Turlock. He was uninjured.

Officers noticed that Rodriguez was exhibiting signs of being under the influence of alcohol, so they asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests and to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device, however, he refused.

The vehicle sustained minor damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and determined that Rodriguez was in the process of making an eastbound turn onto W Minnesota Ave after traveling southbound on Crowell Rd, when for an unknown reason, he did not properly complete his turn, went up onto the sidewalk on the southeast corner of the intersection, and collided with the fence of the residence.

Rodriguez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater, and driving with a suspended driver’s license due to a DUI conviction. He was also issued a driver’s license suspension order and his vehicle was impounded.

Turlock Black Lives Matter Co-Founder injured in vehicle collision Monday afternoon

On Monday, March 28th, 2022, at 1:20 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of W Main St and northbound State Route 99, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, a white Subaru sedan, which had collided into a pole.

The vehicle had a single occupant, one of the Co-Founders of Turlock Black Lives Matter, Jaimee Ellison, 25, of Turlock. She suffered minor injuries, it is currently unknown if she was transported to a hospital or not.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred, however, Ellison claimed on a social media post that it was a result of a medical emergency.

Person injured after colliding into tree Saturday night

On Saturday, March 26th, 2022, at 9:15 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries in the 1400 block of E Canal Dr, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, a white Acura sedan, which had collided into a tree.

The vehicle had a single occupant, who was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated by firefighters. Once they were freed, they were ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital with moderate injuries.

The white Acura sedan sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Toddler airlifted as precautionary measure after being involved in rollover vehicle collision Saturday afternoon

On Saturday, March 26th, 2022, at 3:32 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries in the 2500 block of East Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found three vehicles involved. One was a white Ram pickup truck that was rolled over and on its side. The descriptions of the other two vehicles are currently unknown. They were parked and unoccupied.

The white Ram pickup truck had two occupants, an adult and a toddler. They were both trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by firefighters. The adult suffered major injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. The toddler suffered no injuries but was airlifted by PHI Air Medical Services to a regional hospital as a precautionary measure.

The white Ram pickup truck sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away. The extent of damages sustained by the other two vehicles are currently unknown.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

One airlifted with major injuries after rollover vehicle collision Tuesday night

On Tuesday, March 1st, 2022, at 11:32 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of N Golden State Blvd and E Olive Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved, a black Kia hatchback and a white Subaru sedan. The black Kia hatchback was rolled over on its side.

Both vehicles had an unknown number of occupants, however, one of the occupants of the black Kia hatchback was stuck and had to be extricated by fire personnel. They suffered major injuries and were airlifted by CALSTAR Air Medical Services to a local hospital. No other injuries were reported.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Three suffer moderate injuries in vehicle collision Monday evening

On Monday, February 28th, 2022, at 5:17 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of N Olive Ave and E Tuolumne Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved, a silver Toyota sedan and a silver Nissan sedan.

A total of three people were involved, all of which suffered moderate injuries and were ground transported by American Medical Response to local hospitals.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred, however, the driver of one of the vehicles was elderly.

Drunk driver arrested for felony DWI after collision injuring passenger Saturday night

On Saturday, February 12th, 2022, at 10:22 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of W Main St and West Ave N, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved, a silver Toyota sedan, which had struck a traffic light pole.

The vehicle had two occupants, its driver, identified as Alma Gonzalezgarcia, 21, of Turlock, and her passenger. Gonzalezgarcia was uninjured, however, her passenger suffered minor injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

Officers noticed signs of intoxication coming from Gonzalezgarcia, so they asked her to participate in standardized field sobriety tests and to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device. The results of those tests confirmed the officer’s suspicions.

The vehicle sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Gonzalezgarcia was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving while intoxicated causing injuries and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater causing injuries.

Road rage incident with drunk driver leads to pursuit and arrest Saturday evening

On Saturday, February 12th, 2022, at 7:14 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported dangerous driver at Round Table Pizza, 2650 Geer Rd, Turlock. The caller reported that they were a pedestrian and that they had just been involved in some sort of road rage incident with a driver who appeared drunk and had alcohol bottles in his vehicle.

As officers were checking the area, another call was received reporting that the same vehicle had just been involved in a collision with the center median on N Golden State Blvd near W Taylor Rd and that it was last seen heading eastbound on Atherstone Rd.

As officers were responding to the secondary location, one of them spotted the vehicle heading southbound on N Kilroy Rd from W Christoffersen Pkwy. The officer behind the vehicle attempted to make a traffic stop on it, however, its driver, later identified as Nathan Leroy Davis Sharp, 31, of Turlock, decided to flee.

A pursuit was initiated and Sharp led officers eastbound on Oak Crest Dr from N Kilroy Rd and then northbound on Shady Oak Ct. Sharp then crashed through the dead end fence of Shady Oak Ct and continued eastbound on W Christoffersen Pkwy. Eventually, as he approached N Olive Ave, his vehicle became disabled. Sharp then leg bailed from the vehicle, breaking two fences and running through a backyard where a family was having a barbeque along the way, before he was finally taken into custody.

During the pursuit, speeds reached a high of approximately 80 miles per hour and two red lights were run. The Stanislaus State Police Department also joined the pursuit to assist.

Manuel Sanchez, 32, of Turlock, was found in the passenger seat of Sharp’s vehicle exhibiting signs of intoxication to the point where he was unable to care for himself.

Sharp and Sanchez were both arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center, Sharp on charges of flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety, vandalism over $400, committing a felony while on bail, resisting a peace officer, driving while intoxicated, and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater, and Sanchez on charges of public intoxication.

Elderly man injured after crashing vehicle into church office Friday evening

On Friday, February 4th, 2022, at 5:47 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at Saint Francis Episcopal Church Office, 915 E Main St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved, a white Ford pickup truck and a silver Toyota sedan.

The white Ford pickup truck was only occupied by its driver, who suffered minor injuries. He refused to be transported to the hospital and was picked up by his wife. The silver Toyota sedan was parked on the side of the road and unoccupied.

The white Ford pickup truck sustained moderate damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away. The silver Toyota sedan sustained minor damage and was left where it was parked.

Officers began investigating and determined that the driver of the white Ford pickup truck was traveling eastbound on E Main St from E Canal Dr, when for an unknown reason, it struck the rear left quarter panel of the silver Toyota sedan, veered to the left and went across the westbound lane, struck a tree and a pole that it knocked down, and came to final rest after striking some bushes and the church office. The church office sustained damage in the form of a pillar being knocked off its post and breaking a window.

Drunk driver crashes vehicle with her kids after losing control Thursday evening

On Thursday, January 27th, 2022, at 6:01 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries at Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital, 901 E Monte Vista Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, a gray Nissan sedan.

The vehicle had three occupants, a mother and her two children. Neither of the three suffered any injuries.

Officers noticed signs of intoxication coming from the woman, so they ran her through standardized field sobriety tests. Those tests led officers to believe that she was indeed intoxicated.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

The woman stated that she was traveling westbound in the #2 lane of West Monte Vista Avenue approaching North Olive Avenue, when one of her children who was seated in the back asked for his Gatorade. As she retrieved his Gatorade and attempted to give it to him, she lost control of the vehicle, veered off to the right, and collided with a power pole.

The involved pole also sustained damage and Turlock Irrigation District responded to inspect it.

The woman was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving while intoxicated. Her identity is currently unknown.

Drunk man on bail arrested after leading officers on pursuit early Thursday morning

On Thursday, January 13th, 2022, at 1:18 am, a Turlock Police officer at the intersection of Lander Ave and E Linwood Ave, Turlock, on-viewed a driver violate the California Vehicle Code. The officer got behind the vehicle and made a traffic stop on it, at which point the driver pulled over into a parking lot.

As the officer got out of his vehicle to make contact with the driver, later identified as Hugo Barriga, 35, of Keyes, Barriga took off from him through the parking lot at high rates of speed and in a reckless manner.

The officer initiated a pursuit and chased Barriga eastbound on E Linwood Ave, before he ultimately collided into a fence on Golf Rd.

Barriga then exited his vehicle and began to flee from the officer on foot, however, he eventually gave up and surrendered as additional officers arrived in the area.

Speeds during the pursuit reached approximately 70 miles per hour.

Barriga sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision. He was ground transported by the Turlock Police Department to a local hospital.

After Barriga was released from the hospital, he was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety, committing a felony while on bail, hit and run causing property damage, resisting a peace officer, driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater, and driving without a valid license.

Pedestrian suffers major injuries after being struck by hit and run vehicle Monday night

On Monday, December 27th, 2021, at 10:03 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported hit and run with injuries at the intersection of Lander Ave and E Linwood Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a pedestrian suffering from major injuries laying in the roadway.

The pedestrian was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

The vehicle that had hit the pedestrian is described as a red sedan with front end damage.

The pedestrian’s current status remains unknown.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Martin Marquez at 209-668-5550 extension 6761.

Drunk driver arrested after crashing into traffic light pole Thursday night

On Thursday, December 23rd, 2021, at 9:42 pm, the Turlock Police Department and Turlock Fire Department were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries at the intersection of W Taylor Rd and N Golden State Blvd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved, a white Volkswagen sedan, that had struck a traffic light pole.

The driver and only occupant of the vehicle, later identified as Alexander Thomas, 26, of Turlock, was uninjured.

Officers noticed signs of intoxication coming from Thomas, so they asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests and to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device. As a result of those tests, Thomas was determined to be intoxicated and was subsequently arrested for it.

The vehicle sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Thomas was released on a citation on charges of driving while intoxicated and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater.

Man on PRCS for auto theft arrested after leading police on pursuit and crashing into fence with stolen car early Sunday morning

On Sunday, December 19th, 2021, at 2:35 am, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of S Beech St and Flower St, Turlock, saw a vehicle which he recognized to be a vehicle stolen from the county’s jurisdiction the day prior. The officer got behind the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop on its driver, later identified as Garcia Cesar, 33, of Modesto, however, Cesar accelerated to high speeds and a pursuit was initiated.

Cesar fled westbound on Flower St from S Beech St before crashing into the fence of Turlock Memorial Park, 575 N Soderquist Rd.

Cesar then exited his vehicle and fled into the memorial park on foot. The officer chased Cesar for a minute before being able to eventually gain his compliance and get him proned out on the ground. Assisting officers arrived shortly after and Cesar was taken into custody without further incident.

The pursuit lasted less than a minute and speeds only reached a high of approximately sixty miles per hour.

The stolen vehicle, a gray BMW sedan, sustained moderate damage. It was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away. In addition to the fence being struck, a stop sign was also taken out. The stop sign had an electrical component to it which led to live wires being exposed, so on-call city crews responded to secure it.

When officers conducted a records check on Cesar, they discovered that he was on post release community supervision for a prior auto theft case.

Cesar was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety, auto theft, hit and run causing property damage, resisting a peace officer, and violating post release community supervision.

Drunk driver arrested after crashing into two mailboxes and parked vehicle Saturday evening

On Saturday, December 18th, 2021, at 5:21 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with no injuries in front of Wellness Massage, 2715 Geer Rd, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a silver Chevrolet SUV and the other was a silver Honda sedan. The silver Chevrolet SUV had also collided with two mailboxes, taking one of them down.

The driver and only occupant of the silver Chevrolet SUV, Robert Messer, 52, of Turlock, was uninjured. The silver Honda sedan was parked and unoccupied.

Officers noticed signs of intoxication coming from Messer. They asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests, which he did. At the conclusion of those tests, officers asked Messer to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device. As a result of the tests, officers developed probable cause to believe that Messer was intoxicated when the collision occurred.

Officers began investigating and determined that for an unknown reason, Messer had backed into two mailboxes and taken one of them down. After he had backed into the mailboxes, he proceeded to continue backing up before ultimately striking the passenger side of the silver Honda sedan and coming to final rest.

Messer was arrested and released on a citation on charges of driving while intoxicated.

Man arrested for DWI, classic car damaged after colliding with pole Sunday night

On Sunday, December 12th, 2021, at 10:25 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Stanislaus State Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of W Monte Vista Ave and Countryside Dr, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved, a white Chevrolet sedan, that had collided with a traffic light pole.

The vehicle had one occupant, its driver, identified as Marlin Benson, 21, of Oroville. He suffered minor injuries but refused to be transported to the hospital.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred, however, Benson was traveling eastbound on W Monte Vista Ave approaching Countryside Dr when it did.

Benson admitted to officers that he had been drinking, so they asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests and to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device. The results of those tests gave officers probable cause to believe that Benson was intoxicated.

Benson was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving while intoxicated.

Elderly woman crashes vehicle into Red Robin building Friday afternoon

On Friday, December 10th, 2021, at 1:30 pm, the Turlock Police Department and Turlock Fire Department were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with no injuries at Red Robin, 3105 W Monte Vista Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, a white Kia SUV, that had collided with the building.

The white Kia SUV had two occupants, a driver and passenger, both of which were uninjured.

The white Kia SUV sustained minor damage and was able to be driven away from the scene. The building sustained minor damage as well and was deemed safe by a city building official.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred, however, the driver of the vehicle was elderly, which could have played a role in it.

Toddler airlifted after being struck by vehicle Wednesday evening

On Wednesday, December 1st, 2021, at 6:18 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries in the 900 block of Pioneer Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved, a white BMW sedan, that had struck a 1 year and 9 months old toddler, who was laying unconscious in the middle of the roadway.

The white BMW sedan had two occupants, both of which were uninjured. The toddler sustained major life threatening injuries to his head and was airlifted by CALSTAR Air Medical Services to a regional hospital. He was unconscious the entire time, however, was breathing on his own. He is currently in critical but stable condition.

The white BMW sedan sustained minor damage and was able to be driven away from the scene.

Officers began investigating and determined that the white BMW sedan was traveling southbound on Pioneer Ave from Wayside Dr, while the toddler was outside with his family saying goodbye to their friends who were visiting. The toddler escaped from his family and entered the roadway, which is when he was struck by the white BMW sedan.

At this point, officers do not believe that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer John-Paul Beech at 209-669-2108.

Bicyclist strikes police vehicle Tuesday night

On Tuesday, November 30th, 2021, at 9:50 pm, a Turlock Police officer responding to assist on a traffic stop had his patrol vehicle struck by a bicyclist at the intersection of W Olive Ave and N Golden State Blvd, Turlock.

The bicyclist and involved officer, Officer Marco Diaz, were both uninjured. Diaz’s partner, Canine Ace, was also uninjured.

The patrol vehicle and bicycle both sustained minor damage.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred, however, the area of impact on the patrol vehicle was near its front right tire.

Motorcyclist injured after being struck by vehicle during rush hour traffic Monday evening

On Monday, November 29th, 2021, at 5:20 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Lander Ave and Bernell Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a blue Chevrolet sedan and the other was a black motorcycle.

The blue Chevrolet sedan had two occupants, both of which were uninjured. The motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Drunk driver arrested after crashing into family SUV, injuring two teenagers early Saturday morning

On Saturday, November 27th, 2021, at 12:25 am, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of E Hawkeye Ave and N Olive Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a white GMC SUV and the other was a white Ram pickup truck.

The white GMC SUV had seven occupants, two of which suffered moderate injuries and were ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. One was 16 and the other was 19. The white Ram pickup truck had an unknown number of occupants, however, none were injured.

The white GMC SUV sustained major damage while the white Ram pickup truck sustained moderate damage. Both vehicles were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

Officers noticed signs of intoxication coming from the driver of the white Ram pickup truck, whose identity has not yet been released, and asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. Halfway through the tests, he decided that he did not want to continue participating in them. He was arrested.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

The arrestee was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on unknown charges.

Bicyclist injured in possible vehicle collision Thursday evening

On Thursday, November 25th, 2021, at 6:50 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported man down in front of a residence in the 500 block of Wayside Dr, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a 22-year old male unconscious on the ground next to a bicycle with lots of blood on his face.

He was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital with moderate injuries.

Officers began investigating and believed that this was possibly the result of a vehicle collision, however, that is yet to be confirmed. Two vehicles were next to the victim, a white Chevrolet pickup truck and a gray Honda sedan. The white Chevrolet pickup truck had noticeable damage on its rear-end that appeared consistent with a bicycle striking it, however, that is yet to be confirmed what actually happened.

No signs of foul play were located.

The investigation remains on-going.

Convenience store armed robbery suspect arrested within hours of crime Wednesday evening

On Wednesday, November 17th, 2021, at 6:00 pm, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a reported armed robbery that had just occurred at Denair Mart Liquor and Food, 4700 Main St, Denair.

Deputies arrived on scene and began investigating. Throughout the course of their investigation, they were able to determine that a subject, later identified as Daniel Reagan, 35, of Waterford, had entered the business, held the clerk at gunpoint, demanded an undisclosed amount of currency, and then fled the scene in a gold Chevrolet SUV.

A short time later, deputies in the 400 block of E St, Waterford, saw the suspect vehicle leaving a residence. Deputies attempted to stop it, however, Reagan floored it and a pursuit was initiated.

Reagan eventually crashed his vehicle in a ditch near the intersection of Held Dr and E Briggsmore Ave, Modesto, before he was taken into custody.

A subsequent parole search of Reagan’s residence led to the discovery of a firearm with a tampered serial number, a replica firearm consistent with what was described to have been used in the robbery, and cash in similar denominations to what was taken in the robbery. A syringe loaded with a substance resembling heroin was also recovered.

During the pursuit, speeds reached approximately 80 miles per hour. Reagan also failed to yield to other motorists and ran stop signs and red lights, several times.

Reagan was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety, robbery, possession of a controlled substance, and prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

Pedestrian on freeway struck and killed by vehicle Sunday afternoon

On Sunday, November 21st, 2021, at 1:40 pm, the California Highway Patrol, Keyes Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries southbound State Route 99 just north of E Keyes Rd, Keyes.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved, a Lincoln Sedan. The vehicle had two occupants, its driver, Humberto Gonzalez, 38, of Turlock, and his passenger, a 17-year old male juvenile. Gonzalez had struck a pedestrian, who was later identified as Cesario Nepomoceno, 22, of Merced.

Gonzalez and his passenger were not injured. Nepomoceno suffered major injuries which he succumbed to at the scene.

Officers began investigating and determined that Gonzalez was traveling southbound State Route 99 in the left lane at approximately 70 miles per hour, while Nepomoceno was attempting to cross the freeway in an eastbound direction. Nepomoceno began crossing and successfully made it across the right and middle lanes, before eventually being struck by Gonzalez in the left lane. Prior to the collision, Gonzalez attempted to avoid Nepomoceno by applying his brakes and swerving to the left, however, it was already too late.

It is currently unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Milton Rafael at 209-545-7440.

One dead, one injured in early Sunday morning freeway rollover

On Sunday, November 21st, 2021, at 2:32 am, the California Highway Patrol, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries on northbound State Route 99 just north of W Monte Vista Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved, a Chevrolet SUV. The vehicle had two occupants, its driver, Luis Mojarro, 29, of Galt, and his passenger, Fernando Herrera, 21, of Lodi. Mojarro had been ejected from the vehicle and was laying on the on-ramp while Herrera was trapped in the vehicle.

Both subjects suffered major injuries and were ground transported by American Medical Response to local hospitals. Mojarro later succumbed to his injuries while at the hospital.

Officers began investigating and determined that Mojarro was traveling northbound State Route 99 in an unknown lane, when for an unknown reason, he turned his vehicle to the right near W Monte Vista Ave. The vehicle then left the roadway and overturned, coming to final rest in an embankment. At some point during this, Mojarro was ejected from the vehicle.

Currently, it is unknown if alcohol, drugs, or speed were a factor in the collision.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Jason Zimmerman at 209-545-7440.

Elderly woman dead after being struck by vehicle while using crosswalk Wednesday afternoon

On Wednesday, November 17th, 2021, at 4:54 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Lander Ave and 9th St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved. The vehicle was a gray GMC pickup truck which had struck a pedestrian, later identified as Martha Barajas, 66, of Turlock.

The gray GMC pickup truck had three occupants, a driver and two passengers, all of which were uninjured. When crews arrived on scene, Barajas was laying unresponsive in the middle of the roadway and an off-duty nurse was performing CPR on her. Barajas suffered major injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries at.

The gray GMC pickup truck sustained minor damage and would have been able to be driven away from the scene, however, it was authority towed to the police department to be processed for evidence.

Officers began investigating and determined that the gray GMC pickup truck was traveling northbound in the left lane of Lander Avenue, approaching Barajas, who was walking eastbound across the street in a crosswalk. For an unknown reason, the driver of the gray GMC pickup truck did not see Barajas until it was too late and he struck her.

At this point, alcohol, drugs, and speed do not appear to be a factor in the collision.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Martin Marquez at 209-668-5550 extension 6761.

Drunk driver arrested after injuring two Monday night

On Monday, November 15th, 2021, at 9:45 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of N Golden State Blvd and W Monte Vista Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a gray Dodge sedan and the other was a white Subaru SUV.

The gray Dodge sedan only had one occupant, its driver, later identified as Brian Ansel John, 34, of Turlock. He suffered minor injuries and refused to be transported to the hospital. The white Subaru SUV had two occupants, a driver and a passenger. They both suffered minor injuries and also refused to be transported to the hospital.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Officers noticed signs of intoxication coming from John and asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests and to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device, however, he refused.

John was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving while intoxicated causing injuries and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater causing injury.

Motorcyclist killed by driver failing to yield the right of way Monday afternoon

On Monday, November 8th, 2021, at 4:21 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of N Golden State Blvd and Pedras Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a black motorcycle and the other was a white Hyundai sedan.

The motorcycle’s only rider, later identified as Owen McDonald, 32, of Turlock, suffered major life threatening injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital, where he later succumbed to those injuries. The white Hyundai sedan had two occupants, a driver and a passenger. The driver suffered moderate injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital, which she was later released from. The passenger did not suffer any reported injuries.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and determined that McDonald was traveling northbound in the left lane of N Golden State Blvd going through Pedras Rd, when for an unknown reason, the white Hyundai sedan which was traveling westbound on Pedras Rd and making a southbound turn onto N Golden State Blvd, failed to yield the right of way to him and pulled out in front of him, causing him to collide with its left side. Currently, officers do not suspect that alcohol, drugs, or speed were a factor in the collision.

The roadway was partially blocked for several hours while officers investigated, collected evidence, and took laser scans.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Mike Simbalenko at 209-668-6523.

Two injured in rear-end style collision Thursday afternoon

On Thursday, November 4th, 2021, at 3:19 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries in the 2100 block of W Taylor Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located three vehicles involved. One was a blue Toyota SUV, one was a gray Nissan sedan, and the other was a black Dodge pickup truck.

The blue Toyota SUV had two occupants, both of which were uninjured, the gray Nissan sedan had three occupants, one of which suffered moderate injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital, and the black Dodge pickup truck had three occupants, one of which suffered minor injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

The blue Toyota SUV sustained minor damage and was able to be driven away from the scene, the gray Nissan sedan sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away, and the black Dodge pickup truck sustained moderate damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

Witnesses reported that all three vehicles were traveling eastbound on West Taylor Road, when for an unknown reason, the blue Toyota SUV was rear-ended by the gray Nissan sedan, which then caused the black Dodge pickup truck to rear end the gray Nissan sedan.

Wanted man arrested after fleeing police on bicycle and striking patrol vehicle Wednesday morning

On Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021, at 11:50 am, a Turlock Police officer in the 2800 block of Geer Rd, Turlock, attempted to stop a bicyclist, later identified as Joseph Yonan, 32, of Turlock, for his involvement in a possible burglary to a vehicle that had just occurred in the area a few minutes prior. When the officer activated his emergency lights and sounded his siren, Yonan did not stop and attempted to flee the officer on his bicycle.

Eventually, Yonan’s bicycle collided with the pushbar of an assisting officer’s vehicle and he was taken into custody without further incident.

An investigation into the possible burglary revealed that no burglary had actually occurred, however, after conducting a records check on Yonan, officers discovered that he had several warrants out for his arrest, one of which was for a felony.

Yonan was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of resisting a peace officer and his several warrants.

No injuries were reported as a result of the collision and the patrol vehicle sustained very minor damage that is unnoticeable unless specifically being looked for.

Driver involved in vehicle collision with injuries flees scene on foot Tuesday night

On Tuesday, October 19th, 2021, at 10:28 pm, a Turlock Police officer in the area of E Canal Dr and N Palm St, Turlock, came upon a hit and run vehicle collision with injuries just west of the intersection in the eastbound lanes. Other officers, the Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched.

There were two vehicles involved, a black Ford sedan and a silver Chrysler minivan.

The black Ford sedan had one occupant who had fled on foot southbound on N Palm St prior to officers’ arrival. An identification card was located in the vehicle who belonged to a person with a suspended license and a misdemeanor warrant for resisting a peace officer. It is currently unknown if that was the vehicle’s driver. The silver Chrysler minivan had one occupant who suffered moderate injuries and was ground transported to a local hospital by American Medical Response with one firefighter accompanying them.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Edgar Meraz at 209-668-6559.

Drunk driver arrested after crashing vehicle and injuring son Monday afternoon

On Monday, October 18th, 2021, at 2:27 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries in the 400 block of S Tegner Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved which was a black GMC SUV.

The vehicle had two occupants, a father, later identified as Nilton Quintocarhuamaca, 38, of Hilmar, and his young son. Both suffered minor injuries. Quintocarhuamaca refused to be transported to the hospital but his son was airlifted by PHI Air Medical Services to a regional hospital as a precautionary measure.

The vehicle sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away. Union Pacific Railroad responded to secure their equipment until repairs could be made.

Officers began investigating and determined that the vehicle was traveling northbound on S Tegner Rd at high rates of speed when for an unknown reason, as it approached the railroad crossing, it veered into railroad crossing equipment, brought it down, and dragged it about 200 feet to where it came to final rest.

While investigating, officers noticed signs of intoxication coming from Quintocarhuamaca. Officers conducted standardized field sobriety tests on him and had him blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device, which ultimately made them make the decision to place him under arrest.

Quintocarhuamaca was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater causing injury and child abuse causing injury.

Pedestrian killed by train early Monday morning

On Monday, October 18th, 2021, at 2:37 am, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of E Olive Ave and N First St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a pedestrian and train involved.

The pedestrian, later identified as Frank Fink, 41, of Turlock, suffered major injuries which he succumbed to upon impact. The train’s crew was uninured.

The train sustained no damage and was able to be driven away from the scene.

Officers began investigating and determined that the train was traveling northbound through the area when it struck Fink who was on the tracks and wearing all black. The train was stopped for about an hour and half to allow officers to investigate which caused all crossing between W Canal Dr and W F St to be blocked.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Cherish Hood at 209-668-6529.

Vehicle rolls over after colliding at high rates of speed Wednesday night

On Wednesday, October 13th, 2021, at 9:50 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of N Washington Rd and W Main St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a white Toyota pickup truck and the other was a white Lexus sedan.

It is currently unknown how many occupants each vehicle had, however, one of the occupants of the white Lexus sedan suffered minor injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

Both vehicles sustained major damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

Witnesses reported that one of the vehicles was traveling at high rates of speed and had run a red light, however, it is currently unknown which vehicle that was.

Woman run over by own vehicle after exiting it and forgetting to put it in park Tuesday evening

On Tuesday, October 12th, 2021, at 7:28 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at a residence in the 1000 block of E Linwood Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a gray Ford pickup truck and the other was a gray Honda sedan.

Both vehicles were unoccupied when the collision occurred, however, a woman that had just exited the gray Ford pickup truck was run over by it after she forgot to put it in park. She sustained moderate injuries and was ground transported to a local hospital by American Medical Response.

Both vehicles sustained minor damage and were parked at the scene.

Officers began investigating and determined that the woman had just pulled her vehicle into the driveway of her home and exited it, when it began to roll in reverse after she had forgotten to put it in park. When it began to roll, it struck her as well as the gray Honda sedan which was parked on the side of the road directly in front of her house. The woman’s vehicle then rolled across the street, through a neighbor’s front yard, and then struck that neighbor’s house.

Motorcyclist crashes after attempting to flee from police Wednesday night

On Wednesday, October 13th, 2021, at 9:18 pm, a Turlock Police officer at the intersection of Lander Ave and High St, Turlock, on-viewed a motorcycle traveling recklessly. The officer attempted to make a traffic stop on it when its rider, later identified as Isaac Jaramillo, 29, of Turlock, attempted to take off but failed miserably after crashing.

Jaramillo was arrested without further incident and taken to a local hospital to be medically cleared. The motorcycle was towed away from the scene.

Jaramillo was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of flight from a peace officer and driving with a suspended license after being medically cleared.

Jaramillo did not suffer any known injuries.

Drunk driver arrested after being involved in collision Monday afternoon

On Monday, October 11th, 2021, at 12:52 pm, the Turlock Police Department and Turlock Fire Department were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries at the intersection of N Minaret Ave and East Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a white Ford pickup truck and the other was a silver Honda sedan.

The driver of the white Ford pickup truck, which was its only occupant, suffered minor injuries and refused to be transported. The driver of the silver Honda sedan, Saul Manzo, 19, of Modesto, which was its only occupant, did not suffer any injuries.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

Officers noticed signs of intoxication coming from Manzo and began conducting standardized field sobriety tests on him. As a result of the tests, officers developed probable cause to place him under arrest.

Manzo was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving while intoxicated causing injury and driving without a valid license.

Woman injured after vehicle rolls off of freeway Tuesday evening

On Tuesday, October 5th, 2021, at 7:54 pm, the California Highway Patrol, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries on northbound State Route 99 just south of W Taylor Rd, Turlock.

Crews located a single vehicle involved upon their arrival, a silver Chevrolet sedan. It was laying on its side at the bottom of an embankment just east of the freeway.

The vehicle’s only occupant, its driver, suffered minor injuries and was ground transported to a local hospital by American Medical Response after firefighters assisted with getting her out of the vehicle.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Woman dead after drunk husband causes vehicle to roll off of freeway Thursday night

On Thursday, September 30th, 2021, at 10:37 pm, the California Highway Patrol, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries on southbound State Route 99 just south of W Monte Vista Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved which was a silver Ford SUV. The vehicle was on its roof in a dirt patch just west of the freeway and there was a female laying next to it unresponsive.

The vehicle had a total of six occupants. Its driver, Luis Rodriguez, 35, of Merced, suffered major injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital after being extricated from the vehicle by fire personnel. Its front seat passenger, the wife of Rodriguez, Eva Mendoza, 31, of Merced, suffered major injuries which she succumbed to prior to responders’ arrival. She was the unresponsive female who was found laying on the ground next to the vehicle. The vehicle had an additional four occupants, ages 3, 2, 1, and 6 months, who were Rodriguez’s and Mendoza’s children. They were all uninjured but were ground transported by American Medical Response to local hospitals as precautionary measures.

Officers began investigating and determined that the vehicle had just passed the W Monte Vista Ave exit while traveling southbound on State Route 99 when Rodriguez lost control of it and it veered off of the freeway. When this happened, the vehicle collided with a chain linked fence, overturned, and landed on its roof, ejecting Mendoza and making her hit the ground in the process. Officers also determined that Rodriguez and Mendoza were not wearing seatbelts, while their kids were, and that Rodriguez was under the influence of alcohol.

The vehicle sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

Rodriguez was arrested however later released to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. Upon his release from the hospital, he will be booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated causing injuries.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Juan Nava at 209-545-7440.

Man arrested after leading police on short high speed pursuit early Tuesday morning

On Tuesday, September 28th, 2021, at 12:30 am, a Turlock Police officer at the intersection of West Ave N and Florence St on-viewed a vehicle traveling westbound on Florence St at high rates of speed. The officer caught up to the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop on it when its driver, later identified as Laurence Lucas, 42, of Turlock, took off.

Lucas led the officer southbound on N Soderquist Rd before turning eastbound onto Vermont Ave and leg-bailing from the vehicle near Sunnyside Dr. The officer chased Lucas for a short while on foot before he decided to surrender.

When Lucas leg bailed from the vehicle, he had left it in gear and as a result, it had struck a parked vehicle.

Speeds during the pursuit reached about 70 miles per hour.

Lucas was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety, resisting a peace officer, hit and run with property damage, driving with a suspended license, possession of methamphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Drunk driver arrested after rear-ending vehicle at high rates of speed and attempting to flee Sunday night

On Sunday, September 26th, 2021, at 8:18 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Stanislaus State Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of W Christofferson Pkwy and W Zeering Rd, Turlock.

While crews were responding to the scene, information was received that one of the involved vehicles had rolled over, landed back on its wheels, and taken off westbound.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle at the scene of the collision, which was a white Chevrolet pickup truck. Simultaneously, an officer responding to the scene noticed a white Infiniti coupe with obvious signs that it had just been involved in a collision traveling westbound on W Christofferson Pkwy just west of Crowell Rd. That officer stopped the vehicle and confirmed that it was also involved.

The driver and only occupant of the white Chevrolet pickup truck did not suffer any injuries. The driver and only occupant of the white Infiniti coupe, Oscar Jimenez, 20, of Turlock, suffered minor injuries but refused to be transported to the hospital.

The white Chevrolet pickup truck sustained moderate damage and was able to be driven away from the scene. The white Infiniti coupe sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and determined that both vehicles had just passed Crowell Rd while traveling eastbound on W Christofferson Pkwy, when the white Infiniti coupe rear-ended the white Chevrolet pickup truck at high rates of speed. Officers determined that the white Infiniti coupe then took off westbound on W Christofferson Pkwy before it was stopped. The witness reports that the white Infiniti coupe had rolled over were unable to be verified.

While investigating, officers noticed that Jimenez was exhibiting signs of intoxication, so they began conducting standardized field sobriety tests. Based on the results of the tests, officers determined that Jimenez was indeed intoxicated. Jimenez was arrested and released on a citation on charges of driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater.

Petty theft upgraded to robbery after thieves strike employee with vehicle Sunday evening

On Sunday, September 26th, 2021, at 6:50 pm, the Turlock Police Department and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported robbery that had just occurred at Smart & Final Extra!, 651 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they met with the victim who told them that three black female adults had stolen merchandise from the store and struck him with their vehicle while attempting to flee.

Other officers checked the area for the vehicle and three suspects, but were unable to locate them.

American Medical Response checked out the victim who suffered minor injuries, but refused to be transported to the hospital.

When the suspects left the store with the merchandise that they didn’t pay for, they committed petty theft, a misdemeanor, but when they struck the employee with their vehicle in the process, they upgraded it to robbery, a felony.

The investigation remains on-going.

Man suffers major injuries in Thursday night hit and run

On Thursday, September 23rd, 2021, at 10:53 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported hit and run with injuries at the intersection of Lander Ave and E Glenwood Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found no vehicles involved, but a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle laying unconscious in the middle of the road. He was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital with major injuries. Two firefighters accompanied the ambulance crew to the hospital to provide extra manpower.

A few minutes later, a witness who had seen the collision called dispatch and reported that she had followed the involved vehicle to the parking lot of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, 2602 S Walnut Rd, Turlock. Officers responded there and met with the witness, who pointed out a gold Toyota minivan with visible damage to it, consistent with striking a pedestrian and other fixed objects.

The witness reported that its driver had taken off on foot in the field adjacent to the parking lot. Officers set up a perimeter surrounding the field and immediate surrounding area, and the California Highway Patrol and Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office were requested to respond to assist with searching.

Other officers and deputies arrived on scene arrived on scene, including the sheriff’s office’s airship and a deputy with a canine, and they began searching the field and immediate surrounding area. Despite their best efforts, they were unable to locate anyone.

The gold Toyota minivan was towed away from the scene and taken to the Turlock Police Department to be used as evidence in the crime.

A few hours later, at 3:00 am, a juvenile male showed up at the Turlock Police Department claiming to be the driver of the involved vehicle and wanting to comply. A statement was taken from him and he was later released. Charges may later be brought against him as the investigation progresses.

As of the time of writing this, the victim is in critical but stable condition, and he underwent surgery earlier.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Richard Fortado at 209-664-7399.

Child injured in vehicle collision Sunday afternoon

On Sunday, September 19th, 2021, at 3:10 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of East Ave and S Golden State Blvd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. One was a silver Nissan pickup truck and the other was a black Cadillac sedan.

The silver Nissan pickup truck had three occupants, including a five-year old girl. Original reports were that the five-year old girl was pinned inside the vehicle, however, she was found out when crews arrived. She suffered minor injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. The other two occupants in the vehicle suffered minor injuries but refused to be transported. The black Cadillac sedan only had one occupant, the driver, and he did not suffer any injuries.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Man dead after crashing head-on while attempting to pass Thursday morning

On Thursday, September 16th, 2021, at 6:32 am, the California Highway Patrol, Denair Fire Protection District, Keyes Fire Protection District, Turlock Rural Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries on Santa Fe Ave just south of E Monte Vista Ave, Denair.

When crews arrived on scene, they located three vehicles involved. One was a Subaru SUV, one was a Toyota sedan, and the other was a Nissan SUV.

The driver of the Subaru SUV, Kenneth Williams, 63, of Modesto, who was its only occupant, suffered major injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the Toyota sedan, Trinidad Magana, 62, of Hughson, who was its only occupant, was airlifted by PHI Air Medical Services to a local hospital with major injuries. The driver of the Nissan SUV, Ricardo Gallegos, 48, of Modesto, who was its only occupant, was uninjured.

Officers began their investigation and determined that Williams was traveling northbound, while Magana was traveling southbound with Gallegos right behind him. Williams attempted to pass a vehicle that was in front of him by crossing into the southbound lane, when he collided head-on with Magana. The collision then pushed Magana’s vehicle back and caused it to collide with the front of Gallegos’ vehicle.

It is currently unknown if alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor in this collision. All vehicles involved sustained major damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, which required them to be towed away from the scene.

Santa Fe Ave was temporarily closed between E Monte Vista Avenue and N Vincent Rd while officers were on scene investigating.

The California Highway Patrol would like to remind all motorists when safe to do so. The consequences of not doing so could be deadly, as seen in this example. The California Highway Patrol would also like to remind all motorists that the speed limit on a two-lane undivided highway is 55 miles per hour, unless otherwise indicated.

Turlock Police officer comforts distraught woman after colliding with pedestrian Thursday afternoon

On Thursday, September 16th, 2021, at 1:20 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of N Thor St and E Main St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, which was a black Lincoln SUV.

The driver and passenger of the vehicle were both uninjured. The vehicle had collided with a pedestrian, who suffered minor injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

The vehicle sustained no damage and was able to be driven away from the scene.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

The driver of the vehicle, an elderly Assyrian woman, did not know much about the legal system and thought that she was going to go to jail for striking the pedestrian. Because of this, she was very distraught and couldn’t stop crying. Officer Paul Heppner, an 18-year veteran of the Turlock Police Department, who has received many awards and recognitions throughout his career, assured her that that wouldn’t happen and comforted her by hugging her for over a minute and speaking to her.

A photo of Heppner hugging the woman was shared in the Turlock Police Scanner Facebook group, which gained almost a thousand reactions and 159 comments in just under a day. One of the commenters, a former officer with the Turlock Police Department stated, “Heppner is one of a kind. We need more Heppner in this world.” Another commenter stated, “He is truly an amazing person. I still remember he comforted my son when he started crying because his stuff got stolen after a break in at our home. It’s been over 10 years since then. Glad to see he hasn’t changed.”

Man causes three vehicle collision, victim arrested for warrants Wednesday evening

On Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, at 6:30 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Fulkerth Rd and N Tully Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located three vehicles involved. One was a gray Chevrolet sedan, one was a silver Nissan sedan, and the other was a gray Subaru SUV.

The gray Chevrolet sedan’s driver, who was its only occupant, suffered minor injuries and refused to be transported. The silver Nissan sedan’s driver and passenger, and the gray Subaru SUV’s driver, who was its only occupant, were all uninjured.

All three vehicles sustained minor injuries and were able to be driven away from the scene.

Officers began investigating and determined that the silver Nissan sedan and the gray Subaru SUV were both stopped at the red light westbound on Fulkerth Rd at N Tully Rd, with the gray Subaru SUV being in the front and the silver Nissan sedan being in the back, when the gray Chevrolet sedan that was also westbound approached the intersection, rear-ended the silver Nissan sedan, and pushed it into the rear of the gray Subaru SUV.

When officers conducted a warrants check on the driver of the silver Nissan sedan, Angelica Perez, 38, of Turlock, she came back with two misdemeanor no-bail warrants out of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office for violating the terms of her release on their Alternate Work Program.

Perez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on her two warrants.

Man falls off motorcycle while riding Sunday evening

On Sunday, September 12th, 2021, at 7:28 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Stanislaus State Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries in front of Fabiolous Auto Body, 4480 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved, which was a gray Yamaha motorcycle. Its rider, who was its only occupant, sustained minor injuries but refused to be transported to the hospital.

Witnesses reported that they had seen the motorcyclist traveling northbound on N Golden State Blvd when for an unknown reason, he fell off his bike and hit the asphalt.

The motorcycle sustained minor damage and was towed away from the scene.

Second collision occurs at same intersection within two weeks Sunday night

On Sunday, September 5th, 2021, at 10:15 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Stanislaus State Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of W Christofferson Pkwy and Crowell Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a gray Hyundai sedan and the other was a red Hyundai sedan. The red Hyundai sedan was flipped and on its roof. Its driver, who was its only occupant, sustained minor injuries and refused to be transported. The driver of the gray Hyundai sedan, who was also its only occupant, did not sustain any injuries.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Both vehicles sustained major damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision. They were both towed away.

This is the second collision at this intersection within the two weeks.

Two suffer major injuries in Wednesday afternoon vehicle collision

On Wednesday, September 1st, 2021, at 1:49 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries in front of Crane Terrace Apartments, 1318 E Canal Dr, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located three vehicles involved. One was a blue Ford muscle car, another was a gray Toyota sedan, and the last was a silver Toyota pickup truck. The driver of the blue Ford muscle car, a 68-year old male, was ejected from the vehicle and thrown onto the ground. He was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital with major injuries. The passenger of the blue Ford muscle car, a 52-year old female, was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated by fire personnel. Once she was extricated, she was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital with major injuries. The other two vehicles were parked and unoccupied.

Officers began their investigation and determined that the blue Ford muscle car was traveling eastbound on E Canal Dr approaching Bell St at a high rate of speed, when for an unknown reason, it struck the right rear of the gray Toyota sedan which was parked on the left side of the road. It then struck a tree, which pushed it into a silver Toyota pickup truck where it came to final rest.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Richard Fortado at 209-664-7399.

Two students returning from Volleyball game injured in vehicle collision Thursday night

On Thursday, August 26th, 2021, at 9:05 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of W Christofferson Pkwy and Crowell Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved, which was a silver Ram pickup truck. The vehicle had at least two occupants, but possibly three. Of the two confirmed occupants, one suffered minor injuries and refused to be transported while the other suffered moderate injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. If there was a third occupant, their extent of injuries remains unknown, however, they refused to be transported.

The two were both juveniles and were returning home from a Volleyball game at Pitman High School when the collision occurred. Their principal, Angela Freeman, as well as the school district’s Director of Student Services, Gil Ogden, were also returning home from the game when they came across the collision scene prior to responders’ arrival and stopped to help.

City crews responded to verify the integrity of the pole and its electrical components.

The involved vehicle sustained major damage and had to be towed away from the scene.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Woman crashes into tree Saturday evening

On Saturday, August 14th, 2021, at 5:53 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Dels Ln and N Golden State Blvd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved that had crashed into a tree just south of the intersection. That vehicle was a silver Nissan compact sedan. The driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was uninjured. The vehicle was towed away from the scene.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Woman crashes into concrete wall Saturday night

On Saturday, August 14th, 2021, at 10:38 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries at the intersection of Sunbird Dr and Geer Rd, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they a located single vehicle involved that had crashed into a concrete wall on the northeast corner of the intersection. That vehicle was a gray Mazda sedan and all of its occupants were uninjured. The reporting party had told dispatch that she believed that the driver was intoxicated, however, officers later determined that she was not. The vehicle was towed away from the scene.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Horse rider and horse killed by distracted driver Wednesday morning

On Wednesday, August 11th, 2021, at 9:05 am, the California Highway Patrol, Turlock Rural Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of E Harding Rd and Youngstown Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved that had struck a horse being ridden by a subject. The vehicle was a Chevrolet pickup. Its driver, later identified as Isaac Leal, 27, of Delhi, was uninjured. The horse rider, later identified as Summer Vigil-Gardner, 19, of Turlock, was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital with major injuries. She later succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. The horse was immediately killed in the collision.

Officers began investigating and determined that Leal was traveling northbound on Youngstown Rd approaching E Harding Rd which is a sweeping left turn, while Vigil-Gardner was traveling westbound on E Harding Rd approaching Youngstown Rd on the right edge of the road. Leal admitted to looking down for a few seconds to grab something and when he looked up, he saw Vigil-Gardner directly in front of him. He immediately made a hard left turn, which caused the pickup truck to rotate in a counter-clockwise direction. The rotation caused the right side of the pickup truck to collide with Vigil-Gardner, ejecting her from the horse and throwing her onto the ground.

The California Highway Patrol would like to remind all motorists that at 50 miles per hour, your vehicle is capable of traveling half the length of a football field in just a matter of two seconds. Keep both hands on the steering wheel, your eyes on the road, and your mind focused at all times. The consequences of not doing so could be deadly, as seen in this example.

Woman nearly dead after having medical episode while driving Monday afternoon

On Monday, August 9th, 2021, at 2:52 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries in the 2700 block of E Canal Dr, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a beige Ford compact SUV and the other was a gray Toyota pickup truck. Crews found that the driver of the beige SUV was having a seizure, unresponsive and had shallow breathing, thus CPR was started after the seizing completed. Crews were able to regain her pulses and she was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital with minor injuries. The gray Toyota was unoccupied and parked on the side of the road.

Officers began their investigation and determined that the beige Ford was traveling northbound on N Daubenberger Rd approaching E Canal Dr, when its driver had a seizure and the vehicle veered into the southbound lane. The vehicle then struck the rear of the gray Toyota before coming to rest in the front yard of a home in the 2700 block of E Canal Dr when colliding with a planter.

Seven injured in Tuesday evening vehicle collision

On Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021, at 5:51 pm, the Turlock Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Lander Ave and southbound State Route 99, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located five vehicles involved in the collision and seven patients with injuries. All patients suffered minor to moderate injuries and at least three of them were ground transported to a local hospital by American Medical Response.

At the time of writing this, it is unknown how the collision occurred.

Semi truck struck by train Wednesday afternoon

On Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, at 3:40 pm, the California Highway Patrol, Turlock Rural Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries at the intersection of S Golden State Blvd and S Daubenberger Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a semi truck and the other was a train. No one suffered any injuries.

The California Highway Patrol began its investigation and determined that the semi truck, being driven by Jose Dominguez Jr., 36, of Los Angeles, was carrying organic milk and traveling westbound on S Daubenberger Rd crossing over the railroad tracks when its trailer became high-centered on the tracks. Dominguez exited his semi truck and his trailer was struck by a northbound Union Pacific freight train shortly later. The trailer was sheared in half.

Motorcyclist injured in Sunday evening vehicle collision

On Sunday, August 1st, 2021, at 6:38 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Lander Ave and Rosewood Dr, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a motorcycle and the other was an SUV. The motorcyclist suffered major injuries and was ground transported to a local hospital by American Medical Response. The driver and passengers of the SUV were either uninjured or had minor injuries and refused to be transported.

The Turlock Police Department began its investigation and determined that the motorcyclist was traveling southbound on Lander Ave approaching Rosewood Dr while the SUV was traveling westbound on Rosewood Dr approaching Lander Ave. For an unknown reason, the SUV either failed to stop at the stop sign or pulled out in front of the motorcyclist, causing him to collide with its rear passenger-side door. The motorcyclist was then thrown over his handlebars and fell on his back in the road.

Four injured in Sunday evening vehicle collision

On Sunday, August 1st, 2021, at 7:03 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of West Ave S and High St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located two vehicles involved. One was a sedan and the other was a pickup truck. There were a total of four patients, all of whom suffered minor injuries. One of the patients was stuck and had to be extricated. At least two patients were ground transported to a local hospital by American Medical Response.

Witnesses reported that the sedan was traveling northbound on West Ave S approaching High St and that the pickup truck was traveling westbound on High St approaching West Ave S, when for an unknown reason, the pickup truck either failed to stop at the stop sign or pulled out in front of the sedan, causing the collision.

Man killed in freeway hit and run early Tuesday morning

On Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021, at 2:54 am, the California Highway Patrol, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries on southbound State Route 99 just north of W Main St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a male, later identified as Thomas Paul Kelly Jr., 27, of Delhi, laying in the fast lane with no involved vehicle around. Crews checked on Kelly and immediately pronounced him deceased.

The California Highway Patrol began its investigation and determined that an unknown vehicle was traveling southbound on State Route 99 just north of W Main St in the fast lane when its front bumper collided with Kelly, who was walking in the fast lane, at an unknown speed. Kelly was knocked down to the ground and immediately killed. The vehicle then continued southbound without stopping.

It is currently unknown if alcohol, drugs, or speed were a factor in the collision. The vehicle should have front end damage consistent with striking a pedestrian.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Anthony Bond at 209-545-7440.

Woman dead after colliding with semi truck Friday morning

On Friday, July 30th, 2021, at 6:18 am, the California Highway Patrol, Hughson Fire Protection District, Keyes Fire Protection District, Denair Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of E Keyes Rd and Mountain View Rd, Hughson.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. One was a 2009 Toyota sedan and the other was a 2015 Mack semi truck. Crews immediately declared the driver of the Toyota, later identified as Sukhjit Dhaliwal, 56, of Turlock, deceased. Her passenger, later identified as Avtar Thiara, 58, of Turlock, sustained minor injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. The driver of the Mack, later identified as Larry Pearson, 65, of Atwater, sustained moderate injuries and was also ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

The California Highway Patrol began their investigation and determined that Dhaliwal was driving southbound on Mountain View Rd approaching E Keyes Rd when for an unknown reason, she pulled out in front of Pearson as he was driving westbound on E Keyes Rd approaching Mountain View Rd. Pearson attempted to avoid the collision by swerving to the left, however, he was unable to and the two vehicles collided. The Mack struck the left side of the Toyota causing it to leave the roadway in a northwesterly direction while the Mack left the roadway in a southwesterly collision, rolled over onto its right side, and struck an almond tree.

E Keyes Rd was temporarily closed during the investigation. A detour was put in place with minimal delay to the motoring public. The California Highway Patrol would like to remind all motorists to constantly be aware of their surroundings and obey all traffic signage. The consequences of not doing so could be deadly, as seen in this example.

Man killed by delivery van backing into loading dock Thursday morning

On Thursday, July 29th, 2021, at 10:37 am, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries behind Ace Hardware, 3051 Geer Rd, Turlock.

When firefighters and paramedics arrived on scene, they located a man, later identified as Alan Cole, 44, of Turlock, on the ground unconscious at the loading dock behind the business. He had been run over by a delivery van backing into the loading dock. Police say that Cole was believed to be sleeping when the collision occurred.

Firefighters and paramedics provided medical aid to Cole before he was ground transported to a local hospital by American Medical Response. Later at the hospital, he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the delivery van remained on scene and was cooperative with police. Alcohol, drugs, or speed do not appear to be a factor in the collision. The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Frank Neves at 209-668-5550 extension 6707.

Man arrested Sunday afternoon after causing $100,000 in damage to new car wash

On Sunday, July 18th, 2021, at approximately 1:00 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of a vandalism that had just occurred at the Chevron located at 100 E Glenwood Ave.

When officers arrived on scene and began investigating, they discovered that an unknown male subject, later identified as Byron Zappelli, 44, of Ceres, had arrived at the gas station and entered their brand new closed car wash after going around the barricades they had set up. Staff attempted to stop Zappelli and even offered to help him reverse his vehicle out of the car wash, however, he refused. Zappelli then made a u-turn while in the car wash and floored it out of there. In doing so, he struck a gas box, several poles, various equipment, and the building itsself, causing an estimated $100,000 in damages.

While officers were speaking to witnesses, dispatch received a call of a dangerous driver matching the description of the suspect vehicle following a female in another vehicle eastbound on W Monte Vista Ave from N Tegner Rd. Officers were able to intercept them at N Berkeley Ave and E Tuolumne Rd where they made a traffic stop. After positively identifying the driver of the stopped vehicle as their suspect from the gas station incident, officers placed Zappelli under arrest for vandalism over $400.

Byron Zappeli

Motorcyclist killed Friday morning after plowing into the back of a truck

On Friday, July 9th, 2021, at approximately 8:55 am, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an injury vehicle collision involving a motorcycle in front of Foster Farms located at 4002 W Main St. Officers responded along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Engine 31, and Squad 32.

Officers arrived on scene a couple minutes later to find a motorcycle and tractor trailer involved in a collision, with the motorcyclist, later identified as Nicholas Hays, 34, of Turlock, showing obvious signs of death and the driver of the tractor trailer suffering no injuries. When fire crews arrived on scene, they later confirmed that Hays was indeed deceased and that life saving efforts would have zero effect.

Officers began investigating and determined that both vehicles were traveling in the same direction when for an unknown reason, the Hays rode into the back of the tractor trailer. At this time, it remains unknown if alcohol or drugs were involved in the collision, however, speed definitely was. The roadway was closed for several hours while officers investigated the incident.

Officers have yet to receive any statements from uninvolved witnesses and the investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Officer Michael Simbalenko at 209-668-6523 or by email at MSimbalenko@turlock.ca.us. You can also leave an anonymous tip at the Turlock Police Department’s tip line at 209-668-5550 extension 6780 or by email at tpdtipline@turlock.ca.us.

Man suffers major injuries after being struck by hit and run driver Wednesday night

On Wednesday, June 30th, 2021, at approximately 9:45 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of an injury hit and run at Bonita Ave and E Olive Ave. Officers were dispatched along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Engine 31, and Squad 32.

The first officer on scene discovered a pedestrian down in the roadway with serious injuries. Fire and medical crews arrived on scene shortly after and transported the pedestrian to a local area hospital with major injuries. Officers began investigating and determined that the pedestrian was walking down Bonita Ave lawfully crossing E Olive Ave in a crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle, that then failed to stop and drove off.

While investigating, the hit and run driver’s spouse arrived on scene after discovering what had happened and gave officers her husband’s information and where the involved vehicle was. Officers responded to that location, which was in the 900 block of Pioneer Ave, and did indeed find the involved vehicle. It was towed away to be used as evidence in the crime. Officers are still searching for the driver.

Man dies after driving off of freeway early Friday morning

On Friday, June 18th, 2021, at approximately 5:30 am, the California Highway Patrol received a call of an injury vehicle collision southbound State Route 99 just south of W Taylor Rd. The caller reported that they had located a vehicle on its roof in an orchard just west of the freeway that appeared to have driven off the freeway. California Highway Patrol officers responded along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Squad 32, Engine 33, and Engine 34.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a Ford sedan rolled over on its roof in an orchard with one patient trapped. Upon freeing that patient, he was immediately declared deceased. His identity is currently not being released, pending next of kin notification, however, we do know that he is a 40 year old male of Dinuba.

The California Highway Patrol’s preliminary investigation indicates that the driver of the vehicle was traveling southbound on State Route 99 just south of W Taylor Rd, when for an unknown reason, he allowed his vehicle to veer to the right, leaving the west edge of the road. The vehicle continued in a southwesterly direction, entered a dirt ditch, and traveled through a barbed wire fence. The vehicle then overturned and came to rest on its roof.

The driver was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision. It is unknown at this time if alcohol, drugs, or speeds were a contributing factor in the collision. The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Officer Brandon Whittemore at 209-545-7440 or by email at BWhittemore@chp.ca.gov.

Drunk driver arrested after fleeing from collision scene Friday evening

On Friday, June 11th, 2021, at approximately 5:50 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of a property damage vehicle collision that had just occurred at the intersection of E Hawkeye Ave and N Daubenberger Rd. The caller reported that he was broadsided by a vehicle being driven by a female, later identified as Leticia Ferreyra, 38, of Stockton, and that she had failed to stop. Witnesses attempted to block Ferreyra in, however, they were unsuccessful in their efforts and she was able to escape.

Multiple witnesses followed Ferreyra to Geer Rd and E Whitmore Ave in unincorporated Hughson, where her vehicle became disabled and caught fire. Deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office made contact with Ferreyra and detained her until the Turlock Police Department could respond and take over the scene, and the Hughson Fire Protection District responded to put out the fire.

When Turlock Police officers arrived in Hughson, they asked Ferreyra to conduct field sobriety tests and provide a sample of her breathe because she was displaying symptoms of intoxication. Ferreyra refused to conduct the tests, so she was placed under arrest. Ferreyra was transported to a local area hospital to provide a blood sample, which she also refused. An on-call judge authorized a search warrant for her blood. After her blood was obtained, she was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence, hit and run causing property damage, and driving with a suspended license.

Leticia Ferreyra