By Denise Ellen Rizzo
A 33-year-old San Francisco man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving for leading Tracy police on a vehicle chase through the eastern and western parts of the city that ended in a crash on Friday afternoon.
According to Tracy police Sgt. Tony Sheneman, officers arrested John Becerra on the 400 block of Toni Court, where he crashed his Infiniti SUV into a tree in the front yard of a single-family house.
What appeared to be a wine bottle was seen on the ground next to Becerra’s SUV at the crash scene.
Sheneman said police received a call at 3:02 p.m. from another driver about an Infiniti SUV swerving all over the roadway as it traveled north on Corral Hollow Road. The driver, later identified as Becerra, was allegedly holding some type of bottle in his hand. When the SUV turned right on Grant Line Road, Sheneman said officers located him near the Parker Avenue intersection.
Becerra allegedly failed to stop several times until it appeared he was going to stop on Grant Line Road, near Colony Drive, Sheneman said.
“He motioned to stop … but he did not come to a complete stop,” Sheneman said. “He turned left onto MacArthur Drive and pulled over.”
Before the officer could get out of his car, Sheneman said that Becerra either intentionally or accidentally but his vehicle in reverse and rammed the front of the officer’s car before driving away and making a left on MacArthur Drive heading north.
He turned left on Pescadero Avenue, just before the Tracy Outlet Mall, and crashed when he drove over a tow dolly and hit the tree in Toni Court, which is a dead end.
Watching as a tow truck removed the SUV from the front yard of his sister’s house, Octavio Maldonado said she was shaken by the incident because she was inside of the house when it happened.
“She heard the noise, big bang,” he said. “She called her husband. That’s what happens when you drink and drive. Lucky nobody got hurt.”
Speaking through a Spanish interpreter, Maldonado’s brother-in-law, Sergio Zamora, said his wife was scared and crying. She was apparently too upset to leave the house after the crash.
In addition to the damage caused in the crash, Sheneman said Becerra had also sideswiped another tree in Tracy, causing damage to the SUV’s front driver’s side, which broke the windshield. He was unsure of where that impact had occurred.
Sheneman said no damage was caused to the police car and no injuries were reported.
During their investigation, he said officers did recover alcohol bottles inside the SUV.
Becerra was expected to be booked into San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp.
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