Gilroy parolee arrested in Salinas after high-speed chase

Francisco Orozco, 25

Salinas police arrested a wanted Gilroy parolee after the man
led officers on a three-mile high-speed chase through residential
neighborhoods.
Salinas police arrested a wanted Gilroy parolee after the man led officers on a three-mile high-speed chase through residential neighborhoods.

Just after 6 a.m. this morning, officers attempted to stop Francisco Orozco, 25, in south Salinas because his car matched the description of a vehicle used in an armed robbery several hours before. As it turned out, Orozco was not involved in the robbery, yet he failed to yield and led police on a high-speed pursuit before crashing the Honda Accord he drove into a fence at the edge of a residential property, said Salinas Police Officer Lalo Villegas.

Orozco then ran off and ducked into a backyard on the 1000 block of Sierra Madre Drive in southwest Salinas. With the help of California Highway Patrol officers, an officer from the Marina Police Department and his canine, Sammy, Salinas officers established a perimeter around the backyard. When Orozco still did not obey their commands to come out, Sammy and the canine-wielding officer entered the backyard, Villegas said.

“Sammy took a good bite out of (Orozco),” Villegas said. “And he still continued to fight.”

Orozco was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment for the bite wound before he was booked into the Monterey County Jail for resisting arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle and parole violation. Other than Orozco, no one was hurt during the incident.

After capturing the suspect, police learned that the Honda he was driving was stolen out of Marina. Police also found property in the car they believe to be stolen, but would not say what they found.

Police also would not describe Orozco’s criminal history but said that he was a known gang member.

Gilroy Police Sgt. Wes Stanford did not immediately know how Orozco had violated his parole but said the most common reasons are because parolees don’t check in with their parole officers or because they submit a urine sample that contains signs of drug or alcohol use.

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