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EXPIRED TAGS LEAD TO ARREST: CERES - Expired vehicle tags led Ceres police to find that Bobby Essary, 35, of Modesto, was in possession of a controlled substance and burglary tools in his car on July 28.

Essary was pulled over in the 3000 block of Service Road at 11:26 p.m. after the officer saw that Essary's tags were expired. The officer said that as the driver as pulling his vehicle over to the curb slowly, he was reaching behind his seat as if to stash something. Essary was on parole and searchable. Found in the car was 14 grams of methamphetamine and shaved vehicle keys.

Essary was also charged with a parole violations.

DRUNK HITS FIRE HYDRANT: CERES - An allegedly inebriated Ceres man was arrested July 29 after he plowed his vehicle into a fire hydrant, spraying water into the air over the 1600 block of Herndon.

Apolinar Zavala, 51, of Ceres, was arrested for DUI and driving without a license.

Police dispatchers were called at 12:31 a.m. by ambulance personnel saying that they just witnessed the collision after Zavala hit a vacant lot at Herndon and Grandview.

TEEN HITS PARKED CARS: CERES - A Ceres teenager was arrested Tuesday, July 29 after losing control of his car and plowing into three vehicles parked at a house at 1527 Moffet Road. Ceres Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges said that Christian Martinez, 18, was arrested for having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .01 and hit and run.

The incident took place at1:48 a.m.

Officer Travis Hudson was northbound on Moffet Road in his patrol car and waiting for a green light at Hatch Road when he saw Martinez speeding on eastbound on Hatch. As he turned to go south on Moffet Road, Martinez lost control of the white Dodge Ram pickup and spun out in the roadway. The pickup proceeded to crash into a vehicle parked in the driveway at 1527 Moffet. Martinez's pickup then slid into the the garage door of the house, pushing into the garage and damaging two vehicles parked inside. Officer Hudson said Martinez tried to flee southbound on Moffet after the collision but was caught about two houses south of the crash scene, said Borges.

Martinez had the smell of alcohol on his breath. He was also charged with reckless driving.

BURGLARY SUSPECT ARRESTED: CERES - A burglary suspect was caught in a house under construction near the River Oaks Golf Course on Saturday evening.

Karl Greesman, 27, was charged with second-degree burglary after a neighbor spotted him entering a house in the 3200 block of Golf Links Road. Police made the arrest at 7:55 p.m.

Gressman tried to claim he was a relative of the homeowner after he entered through the front door with tools that "indicated that he may have been trying to take some things," said Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges. The neighbor, however, didn't buy the story.

TEEN NAILED FOR DUI: CERES - A Modesto teen was arrested early Sunday after police found him driving drunk. Blake Bettencourt, 19, of Modesto, is also suspected of being the driver who struck a fire hyrant in the 3700 block of Granite Falls Drive.

A 911 caller reported at 2:41 a.m. that a brown SUV hit the hydrant. The caller, however, could not provide any information on the occupants.

Police found a brown SUV sitting in the middle of the road. When the officer drove up to the vehicle the driver started to take off. A traffic stop was made in the middle of the intersection of Boulder Falls and San Pedro.

Bettencourt was observed to be under the influence. Police have no witnesses to put him in the driver's seat at the time of the crash into the hydrant.

CITED FOR CANAL RIDE: CERES - A Ceres teen was cited Sunday for reckless driving and being on an unlicensed vehicle in connection with a ride down the Ceres Main Canal.

Ceres officer Pat Dayton spotted Ruben Galvan, 19, riding a red mini-bike on the canal bank that runs along the eastern boundary of the Wal-Mart parking lot. Dayton chased after Galvan who didn't stop until he got to Boothe and Wayneboro.

The incident occurred at 12:06 p.m.

Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges said that it's illegal for the public to drive down the canal banks.