Photo: Pursuit ends in Newman

A vehicle pursuit which started in Los Banos ended with an arrest in Newman Wednesday afternoon, April 21. According to a Los Banos Police Department Facebook post, an officer attempted to make a traffic stop of a vehicle, but the driver accelerated away and a 20-minute pursuit ensued. Authorities said the driver, identified as Irwin B. Mercado, 22, of Los Banos, abandoned the vehicle at an apartment complex in Newman and fled on foot but was later located hiding in the back yard of a residence in the 1200 block of Blue Bonnet Drive and taken into custody. Los Banos police reported that Mercado was booked on charges of failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, parole violation and driving without a license. Officers from Gustine and Newman assisted in the pursuit and apprehension of the suspect, the Los Banos Police Department post stated.