Road Rage Incident with Drunk Driver Leads to Pursuit and Arrest

Turlock City News POST (34)

At about 7:14 pm Saturday evening, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported dangerous driver at Round Table Pizza, 2650 Geer Road, 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 North Golden State Boulevard near West Taylor Road and that it was last seen heading eastbound on Atherstone Road.

As officers were responding to the secondary location, one of them spotted the vehicle heading southbound on North Kilroy Road from West Christoffersen Parkway. 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 Drive from North Kilroy Road and then northbound on Shady Oak Court. Sharp then crashed through the dead end fence of Shady Oak Court and continued eastbound on West Christoffersen Parkway. Eventually, as he approached North Olive Avenue, 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.

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