Sacramento, CA | A car thief lead Sac PD on a brief pursuit. The perps bailed on foot and the driver was caught by K9 unit.

Three suspects lead Sacramento Police Officers on a brief chase early Friday morning in South Sacramento. Per police briefs “Officer observed a silver Honda on 36th Ave near Franklin. When got behind the vehicle it took off at a high rate of speed. Officer pursued the vehicle for a short time when the vehicle struck a fence at 37th Ave and 28th St. The driver and two passengers fled on foot. The driver was located inside the perimeter by SPD K9. The vehicle was a stolen vehicle….”

The driver was 29 year old James Torres and, per jail records, was booked for felony evading a police officer driving in a reckless manner, felony motor vehicle theft, misdemeanor purchase/possession/use of stun gun by a felon, misdemeanor possession of burglar tools, misdemeanor driving with a suspended or revoked license, and misdemeanor hit and run property damage.

Torres’ initial bail was set at $110,000.00, however he is ineligible for bail since he is presently on parole and now also being charged with a parole violation and subsequently on parole hold per jail records.

A brief look at Torres’ court history reveals multiple criminal cases, both misdemeanor and felonies, dating back to 2002 with several probation and parole violations as well. Torres has previously been charged with other stolen vehicle charges, burglaries, drugs and domestic issues.

Torres’ accomplices remain at large today, but his career of crime was halted, or at least paused this morning when he crashed the stolen car and was caught on the arm by the grip of the K9’s teeth as he attempted to evade officers. Sacramento firefighters responded to bandage the wounds he sustained from the dog bite. CSI also responded to document injuries, and collect evidence. Torres was booked into the county jail at 4:44 Friday morning and his first court appearance will be January 25th.

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