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Argument Leads To Road Rage, Arrests
San Joaquin County sheriff's deputies recovered a weapon and made two arrests following a road rage incident involving a shooting on Sunday, Feb. 7 in Escalon. Sheriff's Department Photo

Super Bowl Sunday was a ‘super busy day’ in San Joaquin County for sheriff’s department patrol deputies.

According to information released by the department, shortly after 3:30 p.m., deputies responded to the area of Henry and River roads in Escalon for an incident involving three people, four cars, an argument, and a gun being fired from one of the moving cars. The chase ended when the involved cars crashed into two unoccupied parked vehicles at McHenry Avenue and River Road.

One of the vehicles involved was a gold Chevy Malibu, with two people in it, identified by authorities as Sergio Carranza and Yaeko Payne. A green Ford Explorer being driven by the victim apparently was following them.

A witness called the sheriff’s office to report hearing gunshots and then seeing two cars chasing each other. As he watched, both cars drove into an orchard and then took off once again before crashing.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) arrived first and handled the traffic accident portion of this investigation. When they arrived on the scene, Carranza was in a heated verbal argument with the driver of the Ford Explorer, which had bullet holes on the driver’s side front end.

All parties involved were detained and both Carranza and Payne were found to be convicted felons, prohibited from possessing or having control of firearms or ammunition. Carranza claimed ownership of the gun used in this incident, despite having hidden it in another car prior to the arrival of deputies.

The gun was found loaded and spent casings were in and around Carranza’s car. Payne falsely identified herself to deputies due to having two outstanding warrants for her arrest.

Both Carranza and Payne were arrested and booked into the San Joaquin County Jail for warrants, as well as, several new felony charges, including attempted murder.

Sergio Carranza
Yaeko Payne