MERCED – Authorities arrested a man wanted on firearm violations after a pursuit that ended in a car crash Wednesday afternoon.
At about 4:00pm, detectives with the Merced Police Department and the Gang Violence Suppression Unit tried to stop and apprehend 28 year old Mark Whitaker. Whitaker had an outstanding warrant for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Authorities spotted Whitaker on the 1600 block of Martin Luther King Junior Way but he didn’t stop for police. He fled, leading officers on a high speed chase that lasted almost six miles. Whitaker ended up crashing into a pole near the Atwater/Merced Expressway as he attempted to enter Highway 99. He fled on foot but was captured a short distance away.
An ambulance was called to check Whitaker following the crash, and he was taken to a hospital to be cleared by medics. He was later booked into the Merced County Jail on charges including reckless driving, evading officers, prohibited possession of firearms, resisting, and obstructing officers.
Passengers Walk Away From Plane Crash in Lodi
LODI – Two passengers of an airplane that crashed during a training flight walked away without injuries Wednesday afternoon.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office received calls to their dispatch center at about 12:30pm reporting the plane crash. The incident happened near the 16000 block of North Fox Road in Lodi.
Authorities said a Cessna 150 with two occupants took off from Lodi Wednesday morning and were headed to the Linden area for training. At about 3,000 feet the plane began experiencing mechanical issues, resulting in a hard landing.
Authorities say the investigation into the crash is ongoing.
High School Teacher Arrested
MODESTO – A high school teacher was arrested Monday after a police investigation revealed he had an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Patrick Mester was charged with annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18. He was arrested by Modesto Police Special Victims Unit Detectives.
Mester was employed with the Modesto City Schools District since the 2003-2004 school year. He taught music and band at Enochs High School since the 2007-2008 school year.
Mester’s ability to visit school grounds and have contact with students was revoked by the district, authorities said.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective Garza at email@example.com or (209) 572-9564.
Police Investigate Early Evening Shooting
STOCKTON – Two victims with gunshot wounds arrived at a local hospital early Monday evening prompting an investigation.
At about 7:30pm, authorities received a report of gunfire on the 300 block of East Oak Street, between North San Joaquin and North Sutter Streets. Early indications suggest the victims arrived by private vehicle at a hospital.
Shortly before 8:00pm, a report was made of another victim arriving at a hospital.
Police responded to the area to gather evidence and investigate. No further details were available at time of publication.
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