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Multiple Arrests Mark Busy Week
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Threats, warrants and elder abuse were among the reasons multiple arrests were made this week by Escalon Police, and several people were booked into San Joaquin County Jail as a result.

On Sunday, Sept. 8, officers responded to the 2100 block of Coley about 4:45 p.m. to a report of a person receiving threats via phone. When they arrived on scene, they found a subject that had a pair of warrants. The 23-year-old Escalon man was subsequently arrested on a $25,000 Escalon Police Department battery warrant and a DUI warrant for $10,000 out of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department. He was released on a citation.

Earlier Sunday, police made a pedestrian stop on a woman known to have a local warrant. The 34-year-old female transient was taken into custody in the 1400 block of California on battery and resisting/obstructing an officer warrants, for a total of $50,000 and was booked at county jail. Both were Escalon warrants.

At 11:19 a.m. Sunday, in the 2100 block of Jackson, police responded to a disturbance call and arrested Patrick Chambers, 41, of Escalon on a felony Modesto Police Department warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was $25,500 and he was booked at county jail.

Friday, police responded to a report of an intoxicated subject bothering customers in the 2500 block of Jackson just before 10 p.m. The 61-year-old Escalon man was booked for public intoxication.

Also booked for public intoxication was a 50-year-old Escalon woman, reportedly refusing to leave the area after being seen in the 1700 block of Sanchez. She was also cited for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

A Friday morning call, Sept. 6, came in at 9:45 a.m. and was a report of possible abuse in a dispute in the 1800 block of Coley. The incident had reportedly occurred earlier in the week but officers were called to the area on Friday and after an investigation, arrested Lorri Velasco, 47, of Escalon on suspicion of felony elder abuse and booked her at county jail.

A 41-year-old Escalon man was booked at county jail on a charge of misdemeanor battery following a report of a possible trespasser in the 2200 block of Main at 11:16 a.m. Friday. The call was determined to be a domestic dispute.

Thursday, a call just before noon in the area of Highway 120 and Fourth Street of a man making threats resulted in the arrest of Miguel Nunez-Quezada, 21, on suspicion of felony criminal threats. He was booked at county jail.

And an early morning call on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2 in the 1400 block of California saw the arrest of Jeremiah Brooke, 35, of Shasta Lake on suspicion of felony criminal threats, battery and obstructing use of a phone after he reportedly hit a subject and challenged him to fight just after midnight. Brooke was booked at county jail.

Meanwhile, the CHP reported that following further investigation into the Aug. 31 fatal tanker crash on Mariposa Road, driver Jaime Portillo, 29, of Galt will be charged with vehicular manslaughter. CHP Stockton Public Information Officer James Smith said Portillo was to be arrested for causing the crash that claimed the life of a 43-year-old Modesto man, when the truck Portillo was driving swerved into the opposite lane and struck the tanker, causing it to erupt in flames. The unsafe turning movement made by Portillo, said CHP officials, caused the accident and was negligent, resulting in the death of the big rig driver.