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TEEN ARRESTED IN STOLEN CAT: CERES - A 16-year-old male was arrested July 17 after leading a Ceres police officer on a chase in a stolen vehicle.

The boy, whose name was not released due to a state law protecting the identity of minors, was seen driving a black 1991 Honda Accord with its headlights off at Roeding and Mitchell roads. Officer Josh Klinge made the observation at 1 a.m. When the officer tried to stop the car, the driver accelerated. The chase went onto westbound Service Road to northbound Morgan Road as the driver blew through stop signs and signal lights reaching speeds of up to 70 mph.

Lt. Brent Smith said that the teen lost control of the Honda at Seventh and B streets and crashed into a railroad crossing arm as he was spinning out. The driver bailed on foot but the officer caught up to him and arrested him.

The suspect admitted stealing the car moments before with a shaved key in the area of Modoc Avenue in South Modesto.

FLEEING TEEN AND MOM ARRESTED: CERES - A Modesto son and mother were arrested Saturday morning after he fled from a Ceres officer and she allegedly interfered.

At 10:49 a.m., Officer John King was patrolling at Boothe and Helen Perry roads when he witnessed a silver 2008 Ford Focus blow through the stop sign. As the driver continued northbound on Boothe Road, Officer King activated his red lights but the driver fled. The chase went southbound on Poppy Lane at a high rate of speed, said Police Lt. Brent Smith, and turned onto Fowler. There the officer lost the vehicle, until bystanders pointed down Saturn Court where the car was parked at the end of the cul-de-sac. King spotted three people hiding behind an RV in the court. The officer recognized 18-year-old Kumar Sharma as the driver of the car and went to make an arrest. The officer tried to arrest the teen, but the suspect jerked around and the two wrestled. He was charged with running from an officer, running a stop sign, and reckless driving.

Sarla Sharma, his mother, was questioned and at first denied being in the car. She later confessed she was lying when the car keys were found in her purse. Mrs. Sharma, who was riding in the backseat, was arrested and charged with delaying or obstructing officer.

The third occupant of the car, Ranjeet Singh, was determined to be a "victim" as he was trying to get the teen to stop driving recklessly, said Lt. Smith.