Wednesday, May 20, 2009
This happened on our street the other night. In our court. Right in front of our house. So surreal to see it all play out in our yards. Scary stuff but great neighbors did a great job of chasing him and calling the Police. So glad he was caught.
Man leads police on chase from Tracy to Livermore
by Jennifer WadsworthMay 19, 2009 | 831 views | 8 | 4 | |
The booking mug of Eduardo Gutierrez, 32.
slideshow Police chased a man from Tracy to Livermore Monday night with help from a helicopter, a police dog and a stun gun after a homeowner caught the guy prowling around a west Tracy neighborhood.
Eduardo Gutierrez, 32, was booked at the San Joaquin County Jail in French on five misdemeanor charges: Resisting an officer, evading an officer, tampering with a car, prowling and drunken driving.
Someone from the 1900 block of Foxwood Drive called police shortly before 8 p.m. Monday to report Gutierrez allegedly walking right into a home in a neighborhood by Corral Hollow Road just south of 11th Street, presumably in an attempt to burglarize the homeowner, police said.
The caller told Gutierrez to leave, so he went outside and started snooping inside some of the cars parked on the street, the caller said. A second caller said the man tried to get into a white pickup across the way. A third caller said the same thing, adding that the alleged prowler then started peeking into some neighbors’ backyards.
About 10 minutes after the first call, police showed up and started chasing Gutierrez, according to dispatch logs. The guy darted out from the neighborhood and onto Corral Hollow Road toward Safeway, where he jumped into a black sports utility vehicle and jetted off.
Gutierrez drove at about 40 mph eastbound down 11th Street. A witness called police with the license plate number, which matched that of a car stolen out of Paradise, east of Chico, the log notes. Turned out, Gutierrez had a felony warrant out for his arrest on charges that he stole a car out of San Dimas, a city east of Los Angeles.
Past Lincoln Boulevard, Gutierrez made a U-turn and sped off down 11th Street, westbound this time, according to police. He veered off onto Corral Hollow again, south toward Valpico Road, past Linne Road. At that point, about 10 minutes into the chase, Tracy police asked the California Highway Patrol for help.
Gutierrez drove onto Interstate 580, the cops in full pursuit mode. Tracy cops alerted Livermore police and Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies and called for help from the highway patrol helicopter.
At that point, about 20 minutes into the footchase-turned-high-speed pursuit, Gutierrez allegedly sped away from police at about 80 mph, weaving in and out of traffic after he drove over the Altamont Pass. Highway patrol took over the chase once he drove into Livermore.
Gutierrez pulled off on the First Street exit in Livermore, but looped back around and got on the freeway again, heading westbound. He wound up driving back toward Tracy again, when three highway patrol cars followed him to Las Colinas Road, right off of the freeway. Gutierrez then hopped out of his car and started running. He had on socks, but no shoes.
A police dog chased him, pinned him down and bit him. Cops then Tasered the guy at about 9 p.m. and took him to the Eden Hospital in Castro Valley. He was booked in San Joaquin County Jail shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday.
Gutierrez is due in court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Manteca.
Contact Tracy Press reporter Jennifer Wadsworth at 830-4225 or email@example.com.