September 17, 2009

Police: Man traded dad’s car for crack

Authorities in California said they arrested a man who allegedly traded his father's car for about $50 worth of crack cocaine.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to the home of a 74-year-old man just after 4 a.m. Wednesday and the man told them his 39-year-old son had taken his Lincoln, The Fresno (Calif.) Bee reported Thursday.

Sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice said the 39-year-old returned while deputies were still at the house and investigators learned he had traded the car for about $50 worth of crack cocaine in downtown Fresno. Deputies soon spotted the car and the driver ran from the still-moving vehicle in an attempt to flee on foot. The Lincoln struck two parked cars and the driver was chased down and arrested by deputies.

The 39-year-old son was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and the driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of evading an officer and resisting arrest.