A recent Lodi High School graduate trying to pull a final prank by running naked through a Lodi park ended up being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The teen, who is heading off to college soon, was arrested Tuesday night after police pursued three suspected car thieves into Peterson Park.
A police dog found the young prankster, nude and trying to hide in a backyard.
Police ultimately arrested three people, including the 18-year-old, Grafton Prewitt, of Lockeford.
In the confusion, one of the car theft suspects got away.
The incident started around 11:30 p.m. when officers spotted a stolen vehicle in the 300 block of Chestnut Street, Lt. Chet Somera said.
The driver led officers on a pursuit, heading west on Elm Street to Peterson Park, past Lower Sacramento Road.
All three men ran in different directions and officers soon captured one suspect, Jason James Cinotti, 23, of Lodi.
A short time later, retired officer Chuck Fromm, who lives in the area, helped subdue a second suspect. That man, Jason Howard Hughes, also 23, of Lodi, is a parolee.
Police also arrested the nude Prewett in the same yard where Hughes had been hiding.
Prewett had gone to the park with a friend, who dropped him off and planned to pick him up on the other end of the park after he had finished streaking, Somera said.
The police activity interrupted that plan, and Prewett was arrested after a police dog found him hiding.
Like Hughes, he was arrested on suspicion of prowling, but also on suspicion of indecent exposure.
Only after officers had called off their search because they had three people in custody did they learn that Prewett was not connected to the car chase.
Prewett has no adult record and played on the golf team at Lodi High. But if prosecutors charge him with indecent exposure and he is convicted, he would be required to register for life as a sex offender.
Prosecutors had not filed any charges in the case by the end of Wednesday, and Prewett could not be reached for comment.
As for the other suspects, court records show Cinotti has a number of previous convictions, including residential robbery, escape from jail, possession of a switchblade knife and possessing a firearm. He was also scheduled to appear in court today on a charge of possessing a controlled substance.
Since 2002, Hughes has pleaded guilty to stealing cars in three separate cases, as well as commercial burglary, possession of a controlled substance and being a felon in possession of ammunition.
The alleged 19-year-old driver who escaped also has multiple convictions, including a warrant because he didn't show up to jail to serve a six-month sentence after pleading guilty in July to attempted residential burglary.
Police believe he has run from officers three times in recent days, including the previous night.
Officers found two stolen catalytic converters in the vehicle from which the suspects fled near the park.