Atwater, CA-Officer Matt Vierra attempted to stop the vehicle near Atwater Boulevard and Maple Street after he observed the driver fail to stop for a posted stop sign. The driver (later identified as 32 year old Emanuel Reyna) failed to yield to the officer’s emergency lights and sirens and entered the northbound SR 99 on-ramp where he continued north on the freeway reaching speeds of up to 90 MPH.
Officer Vierra reported that Reyna was weaving throughout all lanes of traffic as he pursued the vehicle. The pursuit lasted approximately two minutes before Reyna pulled over just prior to the Sultana Road exit near Livingston. Reyna was then taken into custody without further incident. Dispatch advised the officers that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Atwater on November 7th.
The vehicle color was reported as red by the owner however Officer Vierra noted that it had been crudely spray painted black. Reyna was booked into Merced County Jail on charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Evading a Peace Officer, Vehicle Theft, Possession of Burglary Tools and Driving on a Suspended License.