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Pursuit, K9 Search Ends With Arrest
Alexandro Xavier
Alexandro Xavier

A 25-year-old Farmington man remained in the San Joaquin County Jail on Tuesday, March 27 following his arrest after a police pursuit on Friday, March 23.

Arrested was Alexandro Xavier, jailed without bail on warrants from a number of agencies, including a no bail felon in possession of a firearm warrant from the Escalon Police Department.

Police Chief Mike Borges said that, about 1:45 p.m. on Friday, March 23, the police department “received information of a subject who had numerous warrants for his arrest” being seen in the 2500 block of Jackson Avenue.

“He had six warrants for his arrest via four different agencies, Escalon Police, Oakdale Police, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office,” explained Borges.

The warrants ranged from being a felon in possession of a firearm, manufacturing controlled substances, failing to appear on a felony, resisting arrest, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, and various traffic violations.

“The bail total for five of the warrants was $77,000. The felon in possession of a firearm, which was via our agency, was a no bail warrant,” Borges said.

Officer Carl Poortinga was checking the area and found Xavier driving a car in the area of Edmart and Fourth Street. Xavier fled the area at a high rate of speed when he saw the officer, traveling north on Brayton, and then west on Yosemite.

“It was in this area the subject struck another vehicle causing minor damage, and continued to attempt to evade Officer Poortinga,” said Borges.

As Xavier sped by Escalon High School, Officer Poortinga reduced his speed. By the time he reached the intersection of Escalon Avenue and Yosemite, Xavier was driving north on Escalon Avenue and was almost out of sight.

“As Officer Poortinga and Sgt. Rob Lackey attempted to catch up to the vehicle, the subject attempted to turn into a driveway in the 16000 block of Escalon Avenue,” added Borges. “In doing so, he lost control of his car, and hit a dirt berm.”

The driver fled on foot toward the Escalon golf course, leaving a female passenger and a dog in the car. The passenger was detained, and later released once it was determined she was not involved with any criminal activity, police said.

“Ripon Police and San Joaquin County Sheriff’s units responded to assist in the search for Xavier,” Borges said. “In the area of Arthur and Brennan roads, at 2:28 p.m., Officer Poortinga, Sgt. Lackey and the other units located the subject who was trying to hide in a barn. He attempted to run from the officers, and jump through a window but the Sheriff’s Office K9 was able to slow him down. He continued to try to run, and a taser was deployed which helped end the pursuit.”

Xavier was arrested on the six warrants, along with felony charges of evading the police, hit and run with property damage, and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors.

He was booked into the county jail after being medically cleared via the hospital. Following an initial court appearance on Monday, he remained in custody.