Newark man arrested after pursuit Saturday
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Nov 26, 2012 | 4765 views | 7 7 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 26-year-old Newark man who led police on a pursuit through parts of Tracy on Saturday, Nov. 24, was arrested when he crashed his pickup truck into two cars stopped at a traffic light.

According to California Highway Patrol spokesman Adam Shelton, of the Tracy office, a citizen flagged down a CHP officer while at a gas station at the intersection of Lathrop and Harlan roads in Lathrop around 4 p.m.

The citizen reportedly thought the female passenger inside of a 2003 Ford F350 truck was in danger, Shelton said.

The driver, later identified by officers as John Memmer, allegedly sped away from the gas station when officers approached. Shelton said Memmer began driving south on Interstate 5 and was “speeding, making unsafe lane changes and driving down the center divide” as he approached the Interstate 205 west exit.

CHP officers from the Tracy officer took over the pursuit on I-205 at MacArthur Drive, Shelton said.

Memmer then took the Tracy Boulevard exit where he turned north and continued on Larch Road allegedly at speeds of 65 mph in a 25 mph zone.

Memmer turned south on Corral Hollow Road and then to Kavanagh Avenue at speeds of 50 mph, Shelton said.

He turned back on Tracy Boulevard, heading north, and then crashed into two vehicles that were waiting at the stop light at the I-205 Stockton exit just before the I-205 overpass.

Shelton said officers reported that Memmer appeared to accelerate into the two vehicles.

“It looked like he was trying to get them out of his way,” Shelton said.

The two female drivers, ages 17 and 20, both of Tracy, were uninjured, Shelton said. Also uninjured was the unidentified woman riding in Memmer’s truck. After the impact, the truck was too damaged to move and Memmer was arrested near the crash, according to Shelton.

Memmer is charged with aggravated assault, driving under the influence of alcohol and evading police and is being held at the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp on $1.1 million bail, according to the jail website.

He scheduled for arraignment at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 27 at the Manteca branch of San Joaquin County Superior Court, the jail website states.

Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

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emmaspencer
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November 26, 2012
What is it with this town? it's like there's a great big magnet that attracts dumb-s!@#s!!! Oh well, another bay area D.S. idiot to deal with, and god knows, he'll probably get off easy cause every punk knows the jails prisons are full. Sometimes I think, what we as a society needs is a thinning of the dumb-s#$t heard if you will, just so they won't BREED!!!
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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November 27, 2012
emmaspencer

If ya take a look at a California road map it's pretty easy ta understand how these people end up in Tracy. All th major highways in this area of th state converge on Tracy.

emmaspencer
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November 27, 2012
NO S34T!!!!!!! REALLY!!!!!!
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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November 27, 2012
Really! An remember, ya were th one ta ask th question. I simply answered it.
LuckyInTracyNot
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November 26, 2012
No, maybe a diff bunch of crazys at 4am. I saw cops, chp with sirens towrds TB and 205 and saw it after it occured at the TB 205 stop light.
I<3Tracy
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November 30, 2012
yeah you're right, maybe different lunatics.
I<3Tracy
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November 26, 2012
@4pm??? Wasn't a 4am because I recalled to be waken by the sirens and lot of noise at 4am. I live a block away from Kavanagh and corral hollow


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