Andrew Onate, 27 of Turlock, was arrested after a stolen vehicle chase that began in Merced County and ended in South Turlock off Lander between Glenwood and Linwood at around 4am on Tuesday.
Merced County Sheriff deputies witnessed a 1998 black Honda Civic roll through a Golf Link + Bradbury Road intersection. The deputies tried to pull over the driver for the traffic violation once they caught up to the speeding vehicle.
The Honda Civic took off fleeing from the Merced County Sheriff’s car and crossed into Turlock city limits by the Lander + Highway 99 exit.
The speeding vehicle hit residential neighborhoods off Lander Avenue at about 50 mph.
Sheriff deputies spotted Andrew Onate fleeing on foot and jumping fences.
Merced County Sheriff deputies called the Turlock Police Department to set up a perimeter around the neighborhood. Turlock Police also received a 911 call from a Silverglen resident reporting a man was in the backyard demanding to be let in and banging on the window.
Andrew Onate mistook the woman’s residence for his brothers next door house in the 1800 block of Silverglen Avenue. Onate was found hiding in the backyard and was arrested.
Officials reported that Onate was in possession of shaved keys commonly used in auto thefts. A stun gun was also recovered on the ground by Onate.
The 1998 black Honda Civic Andrew Onate was driving ended up being a stolen vehicle from Turlock.
Andrew Onate was arrested, booked into the Merced County Jail, and faces charges of suspicion of auto theft, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, and evading a peace officer with reckless driving. Onate is still in jail with a $100,000 bail.