A parolee who had evaded police officers for months was caught Thursday night after a high-speed chase and a foot pursuit.
Juan Carlos Ochoa, 30, faces a "litany of charges," according to Lt. Chris Jacobson of the Lodi Police Department. Ochoa was finally arrested after he led law enforcement officers on a car and then foot chase that ended in Thornton.
Around 7 p.m. Thursday night, Lodi police officers and fugitive apprehension officers, along with the help of a California Highway Patrol helicopter, attempted to pull over Ochoa in his vehicle. Ochoa, who was in the car with his girlfriend, refused to stop, police said.
Ochoa sped to Thornton Road, where officers followed him into Thornton, Jacobson said. Ochoa then attempted to drive his car parallel with railroad tracks, but instead he crashed into a field.
However, Ochoa did not stop running. He abandoned his car — and his girlfriend — in the field and took off on foot.
He continued to run, Jacobson said, but law enforcement was not far behind.
Eventually, after months of evading capture, Ochoa surrendered to police and was arrested. He was taken to the Lodi jail, where he remains in custody.
Ochoa faces numerous charges including first-degree robbery, burglary, vehicle theft and multiple counts of evading police officers, among other charges. Those charges, Jacobson said, are also only from the Lodi Police Department. Ochoa also faces charges from the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office.
Ochoa was one of the individuals targeted in the citywide sweeps conducted Wednesday and last Friday for parole violations.
He was briefly spotted by officers on Wednesday, and again led them on a vehicle and foot pursuit. He was suspected to be hiding along Loma Drive in Lodi, but he was not caught.
Officers had stayed out for hours searching along Loma Drive before determining Ochoa had gotten away.
Now, however, Lodi residents can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to Ochoa's arrest.
"You can tell people it's all over," Jacobson said.
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