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Nicolas Richards

Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:22 am, Thu Jul 21, 2011.

A parolee who allegedly attempted to evade police in a high-speed pursuit was apprehended with the help of a canine unit early Wednesday morning, police said.

Nicolas James Richards, 30, is a parolee at large who fled when contacted by officers near the intersection of Central and Lodi avenues around 1:30 a.m., said Sgt. Fernando Martinez, of the Lodi Police Department.

“We chased him from Lodi to Stockton and back to Lodi,” Martinez said.

The pursuit exceeded speeds of 100 mph at times, he said. Richards looped around Highway 88, Eight Mile Road and West Lane before his vehicle stalled near Brandywine Road and Hutchins Street shortly before 2 a.m., Martinez said.

“He started running and the canine was deployed and got him,” Martinez said.

Richards was taken to an area hospital after being apprehended but did not require stitches, he said. Richards faces multiple charges, including possession of burglary tools, transportation of a controlled substance, obstruction of an officer, evading an officer and, disregarding public safety, in addition to his outstanding warrants, police said.

Contact reporter Jordan Guinn at jordang@lodinews.com.

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