The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Modesto man early Thursday morning in Paloma after a stolen vehicle was discovered stuck in the mud.
At about 4:45 a.m., someone called dispatch to report trespassers, and responding units found a man and woman in a garage, a Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office press release said.
The man told the deputies that his vehicle, which was attached to a trailer and blocking the driveway leading up to the garage, was stuck in the mud, the news release said.
A records check indicated the truck had been stolen from a Linden Irrigation District yard in San Joaquin County sometime overnight.
A representative from the San Joaquin Water District could not be reached for comment.
The deputies and responding CHP officers questioned both the man and woman at the scene, and the woman was released.
The man was arrested, but resisted and injured one of the deputies, the news release said.
Brett Schmidt, 26, of Modesto, was booked on suspicion of vehicle theft and misdemeanor charges trespassing a structure without consent and resisting arrest.
Schmidt was booked into the Calaveras County Jail on $60,000 bail.
The CHP officers on scene dealt with the vehicle theft report and recovered the vehicle to be returned to Linden.