Man Arrested After Leading Officers on Two High Speed Pursuits, Nearly Third

Man Arrested After Leading Officers on Two High Speed Pursuits, Nearly Third / Photo: Patrick Shansoff | Turlock City News

At about 9:33 pm Thursday night, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of Fulkerth Road and North Soderquist Road, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he attempted to make a traffic stop on it.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Matiullah Amani, 23, of Turlock, began to accelerate and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit went southbound on North Soderquist Road, eastbound on West Canal Drive, and then southbound on North First Street where it was terminated by a sergeant as speeds reached 85 miles per hour and several stop signs were run.

Officers continued to trail Amani while not in pursuit, however, stopped doing so in the Spruce Street area.

At about 11:46 pm, a different officer near the intersection of North Broadway and West Main Street spotted a vehicle which matched the description of the one involved in the pursuit. He followed it to the intersection of North Golden State Boulevard and Geer Road where he attempted to stop it with the assistance of another officer, however, Amani accelerated again and a second pursuit ensued.

The pursuit went northbound on North Golden State Boulevard, northbound on Dels Lane, and then eastbound on West Hawkeye Avenue where Amani made a U-turn at Geer Road and went westbound on West Hawkeye Avenue. The pursuit then continued westbound onto Fulkerth Road and northbound on State Route 99.

The pursuit continued up the freeway until Hatch Road, Ceres, where it was terminated again by a sergeant as speeds reached an excess of 120 miles per hour. During this pursuit, several stop signs and red lights were run, including a red light at speeds of seventy miles per hour.

Very shortly after the pursuit was terminated, at about 12:12 am, Amani was back in town doing burnouts in the parking lot of Walgreens, 1591 Geer Road. He was spotted by officers who attempted to stop him a third time and were successful this time due to traffic in the area preventing him from fleeing.

A high risk stop was conducted and Amani was removed from his vehicle and detained at gunpoint.

Amani was questioned and admitted to officers that he was the one driving the vehicle during the two pursuits.

Amani was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety and reckless driving. Additionally, his vehicle was impounded.


Comments 1

  1. Bill says:
    Glad the police caught him. These guys doing all the donuts and defying police need to all be caught and their cars should be sold for charity.

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