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Quad rider escapes injury, not jail

Wanted criminal came forward after pressure from police
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Auburn Police arrested a man they say was hit by a train while allegedly driving a stolen quad. Wednesday evening the department issued a press release saying they took 32-year-old Daniel Lopez into custody Jan. 28 on a charge of vehicle theft. On Jan. 22, police were dispatched to a train trestle over Interstate 80 for a report that a train had hit someone riding a quad runner. The quad rider left the area before police arrived. An investigation by Union Pacific Railroad Police revealed that the all-terrain vehicle has stolen out of Nevada County. On Jan. 27, the police department received an anonymous tip that the person on the quad was Lopez, who was also listed as one of Placer County’s 20 most wanted. He had a $50,000 warrant for his arrest in an auto theft case. “Auburn patrol officers and detectives made numerous attempts to locate Lopez by calling and/or contacting in person Lopez’s family and friends,” according to Sgt. Michael Garlock. “Due to the constant pressure from law enforcement officers, Lopez turned himself in and was arrested by Auburn Police Detective Dustin McLaughlin.” Lopez reportedly admitted to McLaughlin that he was the one who was riding the quad when it was hit by the train and he ran away because he knew he was wanted, Garlock said. Lopez claimed he did not know the quad was stolen. One of Lopez’s friends, Joshua Meteer, claimed ownership of the quad, according to Garlock. Lopez was booked into the Placer County Jail on the warrant and remained jailed as Wednesday evening held on $30,000 bail. Auburn Police continue to work with the Union Pacific Railroad Police regarding the train collision and the stolen quad runner. ~ Staff report