Man Wanted For Sex Crimes Turns Self In

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012  |  Updated 5:01 PM PDT
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Man Wanted For Sex Crimes Turns Self In

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A San Leandro man wanted for a number of sex crimes turned himself  in on Monday after eluding police over the weekend, injuring one officer as  he made his getaway, police said today.
    Police had probable cause to arrest Joseph Banner, 48, for a  series of felony sex crimes dating back 12 years, Lt. Jeff Tudor said.

    On Sunday evening, police attempted to pull over Banner as he  drove away from his home, but he fled, prompting a car chase, police said.     Banner eventually pulled over in the 500 block of Tudor Avenue and  got out of his truck, but then got back in and accelerated into a patrol car,  Tudor said.
    The collision caused an officer to fall, and he was dragged  underneath the patrol car door and suffered moderate injuries, Tudor said.
    Tudor said Banner fled his truck on foot and the injured officer  pursued him. The San Leandro police SWAT team responded and searched several  nearby homes.
    During the search, a detective reached Banner on his cellphone and  Banner said he was armed with a handgun, police said. However, officers were  unable to find him.
    Banner finally turned himself in on Monday and was taken into  custody.
    The officer who was injured was taken to a hospital to be treated  and has since been released.
 

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