Tuolumne County deputies were looking Tuesday for a man they believed was driving a stolen car when he ran from the vehicle during an incident that resulted in a domestic battery arrest Friday in the East Sonora area.
Zachary Richardson, 19, of Sonora, got away from pursuing law enforcement around 6 a.m. Sept. 6, according to a sheriff’s staff account posted to social media just after 1 p.m. Tuesday. The car went down a slope with two other people in it from a driveway off Serrano Road.
The sheriff’s staff included a photo of Richardson with their Tuesday post stating Richardson is wanted in connection with the Friday incident.
Another man, Joseph Clarence Eastman, 36, was arrested on Serrano Road around the same time Friday on suspicion of possessing tear gas while a felon, committing a felony while on bail, and misdemeanor charges of battery on a spouse or ex-spouse, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia, and violation of probation.
Sheriff’s staff said Eastman is a resident of Upper Quail Mine Road, between Sonora and Yankee Hill outside Columbia. Eastman was released later Friday, the same day he was arrested, on a $20,000 bond, a Tuolumne County Jail employee said Tuesday in a phone interview.
The Tuesday post to the Tuolumne County Sheriff Facebook page states “Deputies made several arrests stemming from a 911 domestic violence call.” But the sheriff’s staff account of the Friday incident describes one arrest -- of Eastman -- not several arrests.
Sgt. Andrea Benson with the Sheriff’s Office confirmed later Tuesday that one arrest, not several, had been made in connection with the Friday incident as of 2:40 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the sheriff’s staff social media post, a woman called the Sheriff’s Office on Friday morning to report she was being threatened by several men in the area of Serrano Road and Mono Way.
The woman said she was hiding in a white sedan. Deputies responded and spotted a car matching the white sedan description and they tried to get the car’s driver to stop.
The driver of the white sedan allegedly led deputies on a chase before turning into a driveway off Serrano Road. Then the driver ran from the car and it rolled off the edge of the driveway, down a slope, and crashed into some brush and trees.
The woman in the car and another passenger, an unidentified male, were not hurt. The woman was the same person who called 911 for help.
Eastman was arrested at a home on Serrano Road where the white sedan was seen in the vicinity, Benson said. Tipsters in the neighborhood helped deputies find Eastman.
Sheriff’s staff said the white sedan was determined to have been stolen and Richardson was the driver who ran off and escaped.
Benson said Tuesday afternoon the sedan was stolen from in front of Steve’s Automotive & Truck Repair in Jamestown on Aug. 29. The sedan was green when it was stolen, and it was spray-painted white before the incident Friday morning in East Sonora.
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