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Date and Time of Release: 5 January 2012

Date and Time of Incident: 4 January 2012 at approx. 2:47 pm

Subject: Stolen Vehicle Arrest

4 January 2012, at approx. 2:47 pm, Officers from the Sonora Police Department and a worker from Tuolumne County Department of Child Welfare Services went to a residence on the 300 block of Hospital Rd. to conduct a welfare check on some children.

As the officers arrived at the location, there was a male subject sitting inside a white, 1999 Isuzu Trooper. As the Officers and Child Welfare Services worker exited their vehicles, the male subject started the vehicle and backed up rapidly, almost hitting the Child Welfare Services worker. The subject then fled the area at a high rate of speed.

An Officer was able to obtain the plate of the vehicle. Upon running the plate, it was learned the vehicle was stolen out of Tuolumne County. The people inside the residence told Officers that the driver was Dustin Stevens, 23 of Sonora and he was trying to sell them the vehicle for $500.

Officers located the vehicle abandoned a short distance from the residence. During a search of the area the suspect was located on Campo Seco Road, by a California Highway Patrol Officer. Stevens did not have a shirt on when located. Stevens gave a false name to the Officer, but apparently Stevens had forgotten he had his last name tattooed on his back, which was visible to the Officer. When the Officer pointed this out to Stevens, Stevens admitted who he was and confirmed he was the one that Officers were looking for.

Stevens was taken into custody without incident and turned over to the Sonora Police Department. Stevens was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for felony possession of stolen property, felony assault with a deadly weapon and for several outstanding warrants.