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Date and Time of Release: 20 May 2009
Date and Time of Incident: 19 May 2009, at approx. 7:40 pm
Subject: Stolen Vehicle/Evading Arrest


19 May 09, at approx. 7:40 pm, an officer from the Sonora Police Department was on his way to work when he received a “Be On the Look Out” (BOLO) for a stolen vehicle, which was just taken from the Willow Springs area of Tuolumne County.

As the officer was eastbound on 108, neared the Stone Corral, he observed a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle approaching him in the westbound lane. As the vehicle neared the officer, the officer was able to confirm the front plate matched that of the stolen vehicle. The vehicle was a 1995 white Chevy pickup.

As the officer passed the reported stolen pickup, he noticed the truck was being followed by a SUV. The driver of the SUV was waving his arm out the SUV and pointing at the reported stolen truck.

The officer made a U turn and started to close in on the stolen vehicle and SUV. While doing so, the stolen truck accelerated to approx. 80 miles per hour and started passing other vehicles over double solid yellow lines. At this point the officer activated his emergency lights and siren and started pursuing the reported stolen vehicle.

The officer pursued the vehicle for approx. half a mile, then the driver pulled the vehicle to the side of the road and took off running through a field. The driver ran into a residence and asked the occupants to help him as he was running for the police. The residents told the driver they were going to call the police. The driver then left that residence and attempted to gain entry into a second residence, where he was taken into custody by Tuolumne County Sheriff Deputies.

The driver was identified as David Chapman, 20 of Hayward. Chapman was transported to the Sonora Regional Medical Center to be treated for a heat related illness. After Chapman was released from the hospital, he was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for;

  • Felony evading a Peace Officer
  • Felony vehicle theft
  • Felony possession of stolen property
  • Felony burglary
  • Misdemeanor reckless driving
  • Misdemeanor resisting arrest
  • Misdemeanor driving on a suspended license

For more information contact Chief Stinson at the Sonora Police Department, phone (209) 532-8141.