A midnight raid on a downtown Sonora home resulted in officers finally arresting a man they say had run away from them numerous times.
“Sheriffs and us have chased him in vehicles and on foot on prior occasions,” said Sonora Police Sgt. Curtis Hankins.
Authorities got a tip a man wanted on multiple outstanding warrants for vehicle theft, probation violations and obstructing or resisting peace officers had been seen in Sonora late Monday night.
Sonora Police asked for assistance from the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s office, which brought K9 Maverick along.
The team went to the North Norlin Street home of the suspect’s mother and just as they pulled up, they saw the suspect and he saw them and he took off running.
He jumped a wall or a fence and was a block over, on Green Street, when he was confronted with two police officers, two deputies and Maverick.
“Once he saw the dog, he gave up,” Hankins said.
Officers did not need to draw their weapons, Hankins said.
When they searched him, they found a hypodermic syringe and one gram of what they believe to be methamphetamine, Hankins said.
Edward Emil Cooper, 28, of Sonora, was booked on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Cooper remained in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail.
Cooper has been arrested multiple times by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office in the past months.
On Jan. 19, he was arrested on Airport Road in Columbia for obstructing or resisting a peace officer.
On Sept. 26, 2017, he was arrested at the Crossroads Shopping Center on Sanguinetti Road when a deputy attempted to contact him in the parking lot in front of Safeway, and Cooper ran through the parking lot.
Deputies said Cooper gave up running after being warned that a K9 would be deployed if he continued running.
Cooper was arrested on suspicion of felony by receiving a stolen vehicle, a felony warrant for a violation of his post-release community supervision and evading a peace officer with a wanton disregard for safety.
On March 17, 2017, deputies say Cooper attempted to flee Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies outside of the CVS drugstore on Mono Way during an investigation into an illegally parked, and stolen out of Tulare, 1998 Ford Explorer.
The man ran when the deputy arrived but was found a short distance away hiding in the bushes in possession of a syringe.
Cooper was arrested on suspicion of felony vehicle theft, possession a controlled substance paraphernalia, obstructing an officer, and a probation warrant for felony violating the terms of his post-release community supervision.
Cooper was arrested on suspicion of violating the terms of his post release community supervision on Feb. 23, 2016.