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Chase starts in Keyes, ends in Ceres crash
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A suspect was apprehended Saturday morning after he attempted to flee officers in a stolen vehicle and crashed it into another vehicle and a residential fence in Ceres.

Jason Curcio, 24, of Ceres, was taken into custody by California Highway Patrol officers after crashing at Waynesboro Drive and Boothe Road in east Ceres. He attempted to run away on foot after a T-bone collision with a 2005 Chevy Silverado in which its driver was injured and pinned in. Officers caught up with him a short while later and arrested him.

The other driver, Wilfredo Aguirre, 32, of Modesto, was taken to Doctors Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Both vehicle appeared to be totalled.

Curcio was spotted at 9:27 a.m. at Motzinger and Rohde roads near Keyes, driving a 1993 Honda Prelude previously reported stolen in Hilmar. When the officer attempted to pull over the driver, Curcio accelerated to speeds of 110 mph. The chase went on for four minutes and covered five miles as it snaked toward Ceres.

The chase made its way down eastbound Waynesboro Drive when Curcio blew through the stop sign at Boothe Road at a high rate of speed. He crashed directly into the Silverado driven by Aguirre, then smashed through a fence and came to rest in a residential backyard.

After a seven-minute foot chase, Curcio was spotted in a backyard on Pomegranite. Curcio was pepper-sprayed over the fence and surrendered.

"He said he was a car thief," said CHP officer Ted Meldon. "He said that's what he does for a living."

Curcio was treated for moderate injuries.