A parole sweep this week by Lodi police included a high-speed chase and five arrests.
The high-speed pursuit started at 8:45 p.m. when police attempted during the sweep to stop a Chevy that was running stop signs and driving 50 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone near Garfield and Vine streets, Detective Eric Bradley said.
Police later chased the car down Cherokee Avenue, reaching speeds of approximately 90 mph, Bradley said. The car crashed into a wall outside a backyard, scattering bricks and car parts near the home's outdoor play set.
Officers approached the car, and one of the three people in the vehicle reached into his waistband to grab what appeared to be a handgun, Bradley said. He quickly threw it down, and later officers found out it was a replica gun.
Police said they also found a bottle of open alcohol in the car.
All three people in the car were alert while on scene, Bradley said, and taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital. Bradley did not have an update on any of their conditions Thursday.
The driver of the car is 17 years old and will be charged with felony evasion of a police officer. The other two passengers were adults, but were not charged with anything, Bradley said. At least some of the people in the car were gang members, he said.
Alcohol was possibly a factor and police are still investigating the pursuit, Bradley said.
During the parole and probation sweep, officers conducted 30 searches between 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday.
Police also arrested two for felony violation of juvenile probation, one for drug paraphernalia and one for a felony warrant.