STOCKTON, Calif.- A high-speed police pursuit came to a sudden stop Thursday morning, when the fleeing driver attempted to exit a gated community, say police.
According to Stockton police reports, officers located 48-year-old Michael Sexton in a stolen vehicle in the area of Thornton Rd. and Lucille Ave. around 6 a.m.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but Sexton sped away, leading police on a five-mile pursuit reaching speeds of 70 mph, said police.
Sexton tried to lose police in a gated community on St. Moritz Dr. but while exiting, the gate to the neighborhood began to close. Sexton rammed the vehicle into the gate, then abandoned the car and attempted to flee on foot. He was quickly caught in a backyard in the area of Burns Pl. and MacDuff Ave., said police.
Officers arrested Sexton on auto theft charges, traffic charges and resisting arrest.