Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager announced Tuesday that Alex Julian Rodriguez, age 19, of Modesto, was convicted on April 21, 2011 of auto theft, residential burglary, and resisting arrest. Rodriguez had previously been convicted of auto theft and assault from March 2009 for which he was on probation.
On March 27, 2011 at approximately 10:30 p.m. in the area of Granger Avenue and Stetson Avenue in Modesto, an officer observed Rodriguez speeding in a 1976 white Plymouth Scamp. When the officer tried to perform a routine traffic stop, Rodriguez accelerated away. After several blocks, Rodriguez lost control of the car and crashed in the area of College Avenue.
Rodriguez then jumped out of the car and ran. The officer used his K-9 to track down Rodriguez who was found hiding under a truck in an alley carport on Carver Road and arrested him. The officer returned to the car that Rodriguez had been driving and noticed that the ignition was damaged.