Stockton Police SUV Catches Fire During Chase

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STOCKTON — A Stockton police SUV caught fire Sunday during a pursuit.

(From left to right) John Roach, 24, Jaime Valadez, 26 and Noe Valadez, 24 (Photos by the Stockton Police Department)

The Stockton Police Department said around 5:25 p.m., officers tried to stop a vehicle in the area of Dr. M.L.K. Jr Boulevard and South Hunter Street for a traffic violation. When the driver refused to pull over, officers started chasing the vehicle.

Once the suspect vehicle crashed into a fire hydrant near Charter Way and Stockton Street, police say officers were able to detain four people who were inside. By Monday, they were identified as John Roach, 24, Noe Valadez, 24, Jaime Valadez, 26, and a 16-year-old male, who all face weapons and pursuit charges.

Photo by the Stockton Police Department of the firearms found in the suspect vehicle.

That’s also where one of the police department’s patrol vehicles caught fire. The police department did not say what sparked the fire.

The police department reports officers found a loaded rifle and three loaded handguns in the vehicle.

No one was injured in the fire or the chase, according to police.

The police department could not provide any additional details about the incident Sunday night.

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