Brief chase this morning leads Chico police to arrest suspect in truck theft

  • A suspected auto thief abandoned this pickup this morning after it got stuck in the mud near West 11th and Ivy streets. Chico police officers caught the so-far unidentified suspect after brief foot chase. (Bill Husa/Chico Enterprise-Record)<p class='dotPhoto'>All Chico E-R photos are available <a href='http://chicoer.mycapture.com/'>here</a>.</p>

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CHICO — A suspect in a stolen truck led police in a brief car and foot chase Friday morning before being taken into custody.

After receiving a call about the location of a stolen car, Chico police attempted to pull a suspect over at East Ninth and Main streets, but the suspect drove off.

Police began chasing the truck, but the pursuit was called off when the suspect turned right onto West 11th Street and into residential areas.

Police continued to search for him around the area, and spotted the truck doing doughnuts at West 11th and Ivy streets.

When police arrived, the truck was stuck in the mud near where it had been spotted.

According to police the suspect jumped out of the vehicle and ran.

Officers chased the man into a nearby apartment complex where he was taken into custody at gunpoint.

The stolen truck, a blue 1994 Dodge Dakota, was first spotted by Dustin Thompson, 21, a friend of the owner, Michael Tarter. It was Thompson who alerted police the truck was in south Chico.

The truck was taken from 11088 Midway at about 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. today. Reportedly the so far unidentified suspect also stole a bicycle from the Chico State University campus.

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