2017-07-06 / Front Page

Local authorities nab driver of stolen vehicle

A man has been arrested following a chase involving a stolen vehicle this afternoon.

At approximately 2:39 p.m., a white Ford pickup towing several thousand dollars worth of construction equipment was stolen in Merced, from the area of Olive Avenue.  

The victim and witnesses to the theft located the vehicle, called 911, and followed the vehicle until law enforcement arrived.  

The stolen pickup traveled through the Snelling area and Merced Falls Road to State Highway 132. The driver of the stolen pickup then turned onto State Highway 49 and proceeded southbound, toward Mariposa.  

Both the California Highway Patrol and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) responded, and MCSO located the stolen vehicle in the area of Coronado Road.  

A pursuit began when both CHP and MCSO got into position north of the Bagby Bridge, with CHP taking the primary position in the pursuit.  

The stolen pickup ultimately yielded south of the Bagby bridge, and its driver was taken into custody without incident at approximately 3:56 p.m.  

During the course of the pursuit, the stolen vehicle traveled at speeds between 20-50 miles per hour, according to Commander Becky Hagen of the California Highway Patrol, and traveled into the oncoming traffic lane multiple times.  

The driver of the stolen vehicle, Mark Anthony Nardoni, 21, has been placed under arrest and will be booked for, at a minimum, violations of sections 10851VC (auto theft), 2800.1VC (evading a peace officer) and 496PC (possession of stolen property).

We will release more details as they become available.

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