Police are searching for a Dos Palos man who fled from law enforcement early Thursday morning.
Cruz Vasquez Jr., 33, is wanted by the Los Banos Police Department.
Police said at 2:01 a.m. officer Paul Llanez was patrolling the 300 block of North Santa Ana Street when he noticed a vehicle parked with the engine running in front of a residence. The location is known for drug activity, according to police.
Llanez approached the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Cruz Vasquez Jr., 33, of Dos Palos. The officer told Vasquez to put the vehicle in park and turn it off, but instead he accelerated in an alleged attempt to evade the officer, police said.
Vasquez reportedly led the officer on a high-speed chase.
As the chase reached Vineyard Basin Park in the 600 block of Vineyard Drive, Vasquez exited the car and, police believe, hid in a residence in the area.
Police are asking for the public’s help in locating Vasquez.
“We encourage residents to keep an eye out for Cruz Vasquez and report any information regarding his whereabouts to police. Our officers will not stop looking for him,” Cmdr. Jason Hedden said.
Anyone with information regarding the Vasquez’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Los Banos Police Department (209) 827-7070, ext. 0 or Merced Area Crime
Stoppers at 1-855-725-2420. To leave an anonymous crime tip call 209-827-7070 ext. 288. If you have access to a computer and the Internet you can also leave an anonymous tip at the Police Department’s webpage at www.losbanos.org. At the bottom of the “Contact” page simply click on the “report graffiti and other crime” link or visit the Merced Area Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-855-725-2420, or at www.mercedareacrimestoppers.org