A suspected burglar is in custody after police say he led authorities on a high-speed pursuit early Monday morning.
California Highway Patrol arrested Daniel King, 22, at Stockton Verde Mobile Home Park, after police said he burglarized the Target store on West Kettleman Lane in Lodi. Inside King’s vehicle, officers found methamphetamine, a loaded handgun and stolen merchandise, according to a CHP arrest report.
Target security called the Lodi Police Department around 9 p.m. Sunday after they said they spotted King, who is accused of burglarizing the store twice in the past, attempting to steal $250 worth of video games, said Michael Slater, senior Target protection specialist.
King and a female companion fled on foot, leaving their vehicle in a nearby parking lot, said Sgt. Doug Chinn of the Lodi Police Department.
A Lodi PD officer stayed at the scene for several hours, waiting for King or the female to return.
Around 2 a.m., King arrived alone.
He hopped in the Mercury sedan and led Lodi PD on a pursuit along Lower Sacramento Road toward Eight Mile Road, according to the CHP report.
CHP took over the chase and followed King for nine more miles, reaching speeds of 90 miles per hour.
King drove to Stockton Verde Mobile Home Park, where he left the car and put up a brief fight with officers before being apprehended, according to the CHP report.
Officers searched King’s vehicle and said they found a loaded, unregistered handgun, ammunition, meth, drug paraphernalia and stolen property.
Lodi PD are continuing to investigate King, who is suspected of committing several burglaries in Lodi, according to the CHP.
King, who also goes by “Sally,” is being held on suspicion of felony evading, resisting arrest, driving on a suspended license, drug charges and numerous felony weapons charges.
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