GILROY -- A wanted parolee led police on a chase that went through several Gilroy neighborhoods as well as unincorporated areas before the suspect's stolen pickup was stopped and he was arrested on multiple charges, including possession of methamphetamine for sale.

Antonio Vasquez, a 38-year-old San Martin resident, was spotted by Gilroy Anti-Crime Team Investigators in the area of Murray Avenue and Tomkins Court. When they tried to get him to pull the stolen 2003 Dodge Ram truck over, the driver instead fled.

The resulting chase saw the truck exceed 100 mph on county roads and the freeway as he drove north of the city, then returned and drove into an area near South Valley Middle School, which was placed on lockdown.

While police tried to disable the truck more than one time, "Vasquez was able to maneuver around/through those efforts," according to a news release.

The officers eventually ended the chase using unspecified tactics, and took Vasquez into custody at Leavesley Road and Swanston Lane although he put up a fight when they tried to take him out of the truck, police said.

Vasquez is facing felony charges related to being a parolee at large, possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of a stolen vehicle, evading police officers, and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Anti-Crime Team at 408-846-0350.


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