Two men were arrested after an early evening traffic stop turned into a vehicle and foot pursuit through a quiet Lodi neighborhood Wednesday evening.
Josh Sequeira, 28, and Nathan Miller, 25, were taken into custody for allegedly attempting to evade police after being pulled over for speeding, said Sgt. Steve Nelson of the Lodi Police Department.
The chase began around 6:15 p.m., when the subjects were driving on Turner Road by Laurel Avenue, said Motor Officer Eric Versteeg.
“The driver initially pulled over but then peeled out and went down Turner Road,” he said. “He was probably going 70 mph at one point.”
Moments later, Sequeira, the driver of the 1998 Ford Escort ZX2, pulled the car over on Turner Road near Grant Avenue and both men bailed out and ran, police said.
The two hopped several fences in the neighborhood before being apprehended.
They were caught after authorities set up a perimeter between California Street and Palm Avenue, Lincoln and Eureka avenues around 6:30 p.m.
Officers Kyle Barrow and Erika Urrea caught up with Sequeira near Lincoln and Eureka avenues, said Sgt. William Alexander.
Sequeira was found hiding in a backyard on the 400 block of Eureka Avenue by Detective Paul Blandford and officers Josh Redding and Ricardo Garcia, Alexander said. He was taken into custody with the help of canine officer Sledge, he said.
The suspect was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital to receive treatment for bite wounds to his legs and buttocks before being booked, Alexander said.
Sequeira likely ran because he is a parolee at large, Nelson said. Police also say they found a small-caliber handgun in the vehicle.
Miller was arrested on suspicion of obstructing an officer, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing ammunition, possession of a controlled substance and carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle. Sequeira could face charges of evading police, obstructing an officer, driving on a suspended license and having an outstanding warrant.