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Pursuit, Search End With Arrest
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Escalon Police got involved in a pursuit of a stolen vehicle on Wednesday morning, May 26, with the victim also giving chase. The suspect was eventually apprehended, with assistance from a police K9 unit, and taken into custody.

According to police, they received a call regarding a vehicle theft occurring in the 1000 block of La Mesa about 9:20 a.m. The victim reportedly heard his pick-up truck, attached to a white flat bed trailer, starting and then saw the suspect inside the vehicle drive it away from the scene.

The victim contacted authorities and then started following his stolen vehicles, letting police know they were northbound on Brennan Road off Highway 120. Escalon police responded to the area and established a secure perimeter around an orchard in the rural area of San Joaquin County, at Brennan and Mariposa, after the suspect abandoned the truck and trailer and fled on foot.

A San Joaquin County Sheriff's K9 unit and other sheriff's department personnel responded to the scene at the request of Escalon Police, who were attempting to keep the suspect inside the perimeter. The K9 unit was deployed and located the suspect, hiding in an irrigation standpipe. Identified as Kelly Mohl, 21, of Linden, the suspect sustained minor injuries from being bitten by the K9 unit while trying to evade capture. He was treated at the scene for his injuries, taken to the county hospital to be medically cleared and then booked at San Joaquin County Jail on charges of felony vehicle theft, resisting or delaying an officer, driving on a suspended license, being a felon in possession of ammunition and petty theft with a prior.