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Jason Albert Scaparo, 36, was in court today charged with stolen vehicle.

Escondido police officer William Havens said he joined a stolen vehicle pursuit on Wednesday, February 6, shortly before noon. Officer Havens said he was in his patrol vehicle and got behind a stolen gray Nissan truck with his lights and siren activated, and it was only a matter of five seconds before the truck turned into an apartment complex at 505 North Grape Street.

The officer said the vehicle quickly came to a stop and two males exited the passenger side and a moment later, Jason Albert Scaparo exited the driver’s side. “He looked right at me, then he took off running,” the policeman said in court today, giving testimony at a preliminary hearing in San Diego’s North County courthouse.

Officers who testified today remarked on the tattoos seen on their suspect. Defendant Scaparo was in court today with prominent tattoos encircling all round his neck and on his face and the length of his arms.

All three men who reportedly fled the vehicle were apprehended by Escondido police that same day, February 6, 2013, with the assistance of a police canine, according to testimony.

Investigators found that the stolen truck was left with the engine running, when it was abandoned at the apartment complex. Police said the steering column on the truck was damaged, and there was no key in the ignition. Officer Havens said he found a “piece of automotive dipstick in the glove box.” The officer stated that it was his experience, as a 17-year police veteran, that criminals will use a fragment of a dipstick as a tool to open car doors and to start ignitions.

The registered owner of the vehicle had reported his truck stolen after he left it parked in front of his home in the 400 block of Highland Place the night of February 4. He said his truck was gone when he came back out the next morning.

Public defender Jeremy Burland asked the judge to consider reducing bail to something less than $100,000. Honorable Judge Sim von Kalinowski reviewed the court file and noticed two “prison priors,” and probation and parole violations, and four felony “failure to appears” in the past year for Jason Albert Scaparo; the judge declined to alter the defendant’s bail or custody status.

Scaparo was ordered held to answer new stolen vehicle charges, he pleads not guilty, and is next due in the Vista courthouse on March 4, 2013.

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