LODI (CBS13) —  A Lodi man is behind bars after reportedly attempting to carjack a vehicle, running from police, then initiating a pursuit in a second stolen vehicle Monday.

Steven Michael Baca’s booking photo (credit: Lodi Police)

The Lodi Police Department said officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of South School Street for a report of an unknown man inside a victim’s vehicle Tuesday.

After confronting the man, police said he ran through neighboring yards where officers could not find him. Soon after, dispatch received a report of a carjacking in progress in the area of Hutchins Street and Kettleman Lane.

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The suspect drove off in the stolen vehicle, prompting a pursuit before crashing and fighting with an officer.

Crashed stolen vehicle (credit: Lodi Police)

As backup arrived the suspect reportedly continued to resist but was eventually taken into custody.

Police identified the suspect at 28-year-old Steven Michael Baca. He was charged with multiple attempts of vehicle tampering, carjacking, attempted carjacking, assault on a police officer, felony evasion, and numerous moving violations.

Officers also said Baca has committed similar crimes elsewhere in San Joaquin County.

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