Jonathan Lewis, 23, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, hit and run, evading an officer, resisting arrest and possession of a destructive device.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, hit and run, evading an officer, resisting arrest, and possession of a destructive device after leading law enforcement order in pursuits in Solano and Turlock County, the Turlock Police Department says.
On May 5, Turlock police said their officers were called to a petrol station on Tully Road in Turlock where Jonathan Lewis was reported by 911 callers to be asleep at the wheel of his car in the parking lot of the gas station. When officers arrived at the scene, they suspected Lewis of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol and attempted to speak to him through his heavily tinted windows, ordering him to open the driver’s door.
Officers opened the car door from the outside and began to ask Lewis to get out of the car, which officials say Lewis ignored before starting to drive the car in reverse. After officers said they told Lewis to stop the car, the suspect allegedly continued driving in the opposite direction, hitting an officer.
The car came to a halt shortly after hitting a pole near a gas pump, officials said. Lewis then reportedly sped out of the parking lot, launching a chase that went from Highway 99 to Fulkerth Road.
Officers followed the car until it stopped in Keyes, according to Turlock Police. When Lewis parked the car, officers said they tried to contact him a second time before he fled again, nearly hitting another officer and hitting a police motorbike that was parked in the area .
Officers were unable to locate the car after it fled Keyes.
Shortly after, police said they found the car abandoned in Ceres and seized it as evidence to be processed after obtaining a warrant.
Officers obtained the warrant on Wednesday May 11 and reportedly found an improvised explosive device inside the passenger compartment. The discovery prompted the evacuation of the police department’s public safety facility as a bomb squad was called in to recover the device. Officers say the device was determined to be an explosive.
Days after leading officers in Turlock on a chase, Lewis reportedly led officers in Solano County on another chase on Friday, May 13. The chase ended in an accident in which authorities arrested Lewis.
The Turlock Police Department asks those with information about the crimes to call their department at 209-664-7399 or email t[email protected]
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