Saul Zamora Morales agreed to serve more than five years in state prison for evading police and possession of ammunition. A third charge, hit and run resulting in property damage, was dismissed by the district attorney’s office as part of the agreement.
According to California Highway Patrol officials, Morales raised suspicion when he was seen allegedly panhandling in Dublin by local officers before he got into a newer-model Mercedes Benz E320 sedan. Officers tried to stop him, but he allegedly drove onto eastbound Interstate 580, where CHP officers joined the pursuit.
Dispatch records show the highway patrol notified Tracy police that the pursuit was heading into Tracy at 11:28 a.m. Morales exited Interstate 205 at 11th Street and turned down Corral Hollow Road with six CHP units trailing him.
According to dispatch records, the Mercedes then turned onto Golden Leaf Lane, onto Schulte Road and onto Tracy Boulevard. Police reportedly laid out a spike strip for the car near MacArthur Drive, damaging the tires. The chase continued though a field and again crisscrossed the city.
Police caught up to Morales on Colby Court after he was spotted going into a neighborhood by a CHP plane.
The Manteca judge sentenced Morales to serve five years, four months in state prison.