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Disputes, Traffic Stops Lead To Arrests
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Escalon Police officers took a number of people into custody in a variety of cases over the past week.

On Sunday, Sept. 15, officers responded to a report of a vehicle swerving all over the roadway and made a stop in the 1300 block of Walnut. The driver, a 58-year-old Escalon man, was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was taken to the local station, processed and released on a citation.

Earlier Sunday, police arrested the passenger in a vehicle stopped at First and Main. The 37-year-old Escalon man was found to have a $25,000 warrant out of Escalon for giving false information to a police officer and was also determined to be a parolee at large. He was booked at San Joaquin County Jail.

Friday, Sept. 13, police got a report of a possible intoxicated driver in the area of Escalon Avenue and Mahon and stopped the vehicle near the railroad tracks, westbound on Highway 120. The driver was uncooperative and reportedly provided officers with several names. He was taken to the police station where he was identified through fingerprints and it was determined he had a petty theft warrant out of the Stockton Police Department. The 22-year-old Riverbank man was cited for being an unlicensed driver, providing false information to a police officer and on the warrant. He was released.

An afternoon incident in the 1400 block of California occurred at 12:58 p.m., when officers were flagged down by a man asking them if there was a warrant out for his arrest. Police were able to confirm there was, a $25,000 Escalon Police Department warrant for appropriating found property. The 44-year-old Modesto man was taken to the local station, processed and then released.

A traffic stop on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6:37 p.m. in the 1400 block of California led to the arrest of a man on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance after police discovered a white crystal-like substance in his vehicle. Shea Peterson, 39, was booked at county jail.

Just after noon Thursday, a caller reported a verbal dispute in the area, the 1400 block of Walnut, and officers responding to the scene investigated, subsequently arresting Mark Ellis, 20, of Escalon on suspicion of felony burglary and elder abuse for taking prescription medication.

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, officers made an early morning traffic stop when the driver made a U turn in the area of Highway 120 and Escalon Avenue, almost striking the police car. The 52-year-old woman told police she was supposed to be in Patterson and had gotten lost. She was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under influence, was processed at the local station and released to a family member.