Two alleged local gang members are facing a litany of felony charges for their involvement in two incidents Wednesday night, culminating in a rollover vehicle accident at the end of a high-speed chase with local police.
Joaquin Garcia, 18, and a 17-year-old juvenile were arrested late Wednesday night on 11 charges, including nine felonies, according to Detective Eric Bradley of the Lodi Police Department. Since the 17-year-old is a minor, his identity was not disclosed. He was booked into juvenile hall, while Garcia was sent to Lodi City Jail.
According to police, the first incident occurred at 7:15 p.m. when a white Ford F-150 with the two suspects inside committed a hit-andrun against a truck driven by Gustavo Garcia (no relation to the suspect) in the 300 block of Watson Street. Gustavo Garcia followed, which prompted the truck's passenger to exit the truck and fire three gunshots into the air. Gustavo Garcia then fled the scene.
About three-and-a-half hours later, police received a call for the non-fatal shooting of Jesus Alonzo in the 300 block of East Elm Street. When police arrived on scene at 10:55 p.m., the F-150 with the suspects inside was spotted eight blocks away. An officer attempted a traffic stop, but the truck fled and a high-speed chase ensued. According to police, the chase reached speeds of 110 mph before ending with the truck rolling over in a single-vehicle accident on Highway 99 at the Acampo Road off-ramp.
The 17-year-old suspect, who was driving, suffered minor abrasions in the accident, according to police. Garcia was uninjured.
Garcia is expected to be arraigned today or Monday, Bradley said. Both suspects are known Norteno gang members, according to police. Additionally, the Ford F-150 involved in both incidents was reported stolen from Los Banos.
Gun shot victim Alonzo was shot in the arm, and his wounds are not life-threatening.
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