Two men accused of burglary at a Mono Way hobby shop tried to drive away from police early Saturday but crashed and were arrested at Highway 108 and Washington Street in Sonora, law enforcement personnel said Monday.

Tuolumne County sheriff’s communication staff released surveillance video from the hobby shop but did not name the business or give its address on Mono Way.

The incident happened before 4:15 a.m. Saturday. Deputies and California Highway Patrol officers were en route when a red Honda Accord with stolen items in it was spotted by a CHP officer on Highway 108. The people in the Accord tried to drive away from law enforcement.

The chase ended a few minutes and seven miles later, near Springfield Road and Horseshoe Bend Road outside Columbia, where the driver missed a sharp turn and drove into a field. The car hit a rock and come to rest on top of it. More than $3,000 worth of stolen property was recovered and returned to the store owner, sheriff staff said.

Robert Casper, 58, of Oakdale and his passenger, James Cotner, 53, of Modesto, were arrested and booked at Tuolumne County Jail on multiple felony charges and for outstanding arrest warrants.

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 588-4585. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.



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