VACAVILLE — An attempted traffic stop on a car without a front license plate led to a brief pursuit and ended with a Fairfield man’s arrest Wednesday in Vacaville.
Police Detective Dave Spencer said he saw the vehicle at around 5:15 p.m. with no front plate in a strip mall off Peabody Road. As Spencer made a U-turn, the driver tried to get away in “somewhat heavy traffic,” the detective said.
The driver, later identified as Joseph Stanley, 31, pulled into a court area of a condominium complex on Del Rio Circle, traveling at high speed, Spencer said. The detective said he turned on his emergency lights and the driver began to flee.
As the man left the complex and returned to Del Rio Circle, he lost control of the vehicle because of his speed and hit tree, Spencer said. At that point the suspect fled on foot.
Spencer said he radioed for incoming officers to set up a perimeter. One of the officers was able to capture Stanley, who was hiding in a large trash container, Spencer said.
Police found that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Fairfield, while the rear license plate was reported stolen from San Pablo according to police. Another license plate found in the vehicle and some paperwork were found to be stolen out of Fairfield, Spencer said.
The paperwork was reported stolen in an auto burglary.
Police discovered that Stanley was a wanted parolee at large with warrants out of the Vallejo area and Fairfield. Spencer said Stanley was booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of auto theft, four counts of possession of stolen property, fleeing an officer, resisting arrest, hit and run, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of burglary tools.
Police said they found a simulated handgun, or an Airsoft gun, in a holster, inside the vehicle.
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