Calif. car thief shot after trying to run over police

Modesto Bee Staff

MANTECA, Calif. — Police on Tuesday morning shot and wounded a car theft suspect as he drove at an officer, investigators said.

The suspect, later identified as Jose Luis Ayala, 20, of the Bay Area, led police on a chase through the Tracy area to the Altamont Pass, stopping only after a spike strip punctured the tires of the stolen car he was driving, Manteca police spokesman Rex Osborn said. Ayala had surgery for a gunshot wound to his hand and is being treated under guard at an area hospital, Osborn said.

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