Merced County Sheriff’s Office


Today at about 0920 Sergeant Kevin Blake with the Merced County Sheriff’s Office spotted a stolen vehicle (1998 Chevy S-10) traveling east on Bellevue Road near Muir Avenue. Sergeant Blake attempted to intiate a vehicle stop. However, the vehicle abruptly pulled into an apartment complex in the 800 block of Bellevue Road and a vehicle pursuit ensued though the complex to Muir Avenue.

The Vehicle travelled north on Muir Avenue and entered a senior citizen trailer park at 2900 Muir, the vehicle made a complete loop around the mobile home park at a high rate of speed. The vehicle then left the mobile home park, travelled south on Muir Avenue, then made an abrupt east bound turn onto Acacia Court. At the end of Acacia Court, the vehicle travelled through a dirt field and through a residential home in 2700 Block of Crest Road. The vehicle crossed Crest Road and travelled east onto Cameo Court. Cameo Court ended and the driver (later identified as 29 year old Tracey Dillard) jumped out of the vehicle and took off running.

Sergeant Blake along with other deputies chased Dillard through Cameo Court, and east on Kelso Street. Dillard was then chased through an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Kelso Street. He went into a back yard at that address and attempted to go over a fence. However, Sergeant Blake confronted Dillard and ordered him to the ground. Dillard did not comply and Sergeant Blake used force tactics and he then complied and was taken into custody without further incident.

Dillard was found to be in possession of about 4 grams of methamphetamine and several unidentified pills. He admitted to stealing the vehicle and ownership of the drugs. Dillard was booked into the Merced County Jail.