Watsonville Teens Arrested After Chase

Enrique Zamora, 18, was taken into custody following the pursuit from Watsonville to unincorporated South Santa Cruz County, authorities said.

A man was at large Saturday night after a car and foot chase that ended in gang officers arresting his two companions and recovering a stolen vehicle and pistol in South Santa Cruz County, authorities said.

Enrique Zamora, 18, was taken into custody following the pursuit from Watsonville to unincorporated South Santa Cruz, authorities said.

A 17-year-old boy was taken to Juvenile Hall; a third man got away, Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force Commander Mario Sulay wrote in a news release.

The chase began about 3:15 p.m. on Amnesti Road, near Green Valley Road, Sulay wrote.

The driver of a Honda Accord refused to stop and headed up Amnesti Road, toward Corralitos, Sulay said; they were pursued by the GTF vehicle, occupied by a Watsonville police officer and a California Highway Patrol officer.

The pursuit ended when the Honda crashed into dead-end barriers at the Amnesti Road washout, just past Pioneer Road, Sulay said.

By that time, sheriff's deputies, WPD and CHP officers had arrived to help, the commander wrote.

Three suspects ran from the car; two were caught.

The Honda turned out to be stolen from Salinas by a crook using a shaved key, the commander said.

Officers recovered a .45-caliber pistol allegedly discarded by Zamora as he ran; it had been reported stolen from San Bernardino in 1994 -- before the suspect was born.

Zamora was booked into the county jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, failure to yield, gang crime, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a burglary tool -- the shaved key -- and resisting arrest.

The third man, in his 20s, was last seen running through the washout toward Corralitos and was still at large, the commander said.

joe durty February 10, 2013 at 04:18 PM
I bet the kid that got away is very proud of himself.
Jodie February 10, 2013 at 07:17 PM
One of his buds will take the deal, then he's toast.
Watsonville resident February 11, 2013 at 12:21 AM
As usual ..let the meaningless trash talk begin.
Always Question February 11, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Trash talk? Like.... what? Teenagers steal a car, run into a dead-end barricade, and we're supposed to think they're followers of Mother Teresa?
Kinyl February 11, 2013 at 07:26 PM
I'll bet as a resident of Watsonville you're so proud that the police were forced to disban the gang task force.


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