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Calaveras County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday October 30th, 2013 :: 12:35 p.m. PDT


Vehicle Pursuit Leads to Arrest


Contact: Sgt Chris Hewitt
Release Date: 10/30/13
Release Number: 1

Vehicle Pursuit Leads to Arrest of Two Armed Burglary Suspects

(Valley Springs, CA) On 10/30/13 at approximately 2:00 am, Calaveras Sheriff’s Deputies were patrolling the parking lot in front of CVS Pharmacy in Valley Springs when they located a vehicle they felt was suspicious. When they attempted to contact the vehicle and its occupants the vehicle, a gray colored Toyota Celica, fled the parking lot at a high rate of speed. The deputies gave chase and attempted to conduct a traffic stop for various traffic offenses after it sped from the parking lot, headed westbound on Highway 12. The suspect vehicle continued to increase its speed to 100 MPH, drove in the oncoming lane and refused to stop. As the vehicle neared the San Joaquin County line the deputies requested assistance from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol. San Joaquin County CHP officers engaged in and took over the pursuit, eventually stopping it with spike strips on Highway 99. Two suspects fled the vehicle on foot, but were soon captured. Upon searching the suspects’ vehicle the officers located two cash drawers from a cash register and a handgun. One of the suspects was transported to a San Joaquin County hospital for minor injuries sustained during the foot pursuit.

During the course of the pursuit other Calaveras County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Valley Oak Shopping Center to conduct security checks of the businesses, and found that Showtime Video had been burglarized. The deputies also located numerous pieces of open mail belonging to various people scattered on the ground in the parking lot.

The two suspects, identified as Luke Martin Lahman (26) and Jason Robert Wright (21), both from the Modesto area, were booked into the Calaveras County Jail. Suspect Lahman has an extensive criminal history and was recently released from a California Department of Corrections prison per AB109. He is currently on Post Release Community Supervision out of Stanislaus County.

Calaveras County Sheriff’s Detectives are conducting follow-up investigations into this incident.

Luke Lahman: Penal Codes 29000(a)(1), 29815, 29825 (b), 29900 (a)(1), 25800 (a), 460, 594, 496, and 182; and Vehicle Codes 22450 (a) and 2800.2
Jason Wright: Penal Codes 25800 (a), 29800 (a)(1), 460, 594, 496, and 182; Vehicle Codes 22450 (a) and 2800.2 and Health & Safety Code 11550

Calaveras County Sheriff's Office
Jeff Tuttle Dr
San Andreas, CA 95249

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