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• INDECENT EXPOSURE CHARGE: CERES - Reports of a man exposing himself to a woman led officers to arrest Ralph DeHart, 44, of Ceres on Thursday afternoon.

DeHart was apprehended in the 1600 block of Central Avenue near Richland Avenue at 7:51 p.m. Officers said DeHart was extremely intoxicated. He was arrested on charges of public intoxication and indecent exposure.

A 47-year-old woman called 911 and said DeHart was exposing a private part to her.

• PASSED OUT MAN IN DRIVE-THRU: CERES - A 27-year-old Modesto driver was arrested Wednesday after he was found passed out behind the wheel of his car as he was in the drive-thru lane at Carl's Junior on Mitchell Road.

Officers were called at 12:47 a.m. about a customer who was not moving in a green Honda. They arrived and found Martin Moreno extremely drunk and passed out in his car. Moreno was roused and an electronic test of his breath revealed a blood alcohol content of 0.18.

Moreno was arrested on charges of driving under the influence (DUI) and driving on a suspended license.

• THREE BOUNCED FROM TRAIN: CERES - Three men were bounced from a Union Pacific Railroad box car Thursday morning and cited by Ceres Police for trespassing.

Railroad employees called Ceres Police at 11:12 a.m. to come to a stopped train at Hackett Road. Three transients who were found catching an illegal ride on the train said they were just trying to get to Southern California after jumping on the train in Sacramento.

Cited for trespassing were a 21-year-old man from Santa Barbara, a 36-year-old Santa Barbara resident and a 20-year-old man from Weed.

Union Pacific requested a faster response time from Ceres Police than they received, saying a stopped train costs the company $2,200 per minute - in this case $198,000 for 90 minutes.

The officer who responded suspected that items in the men's bags came from the train.

• WARRANTS LAND 'VICTIM' IN JAIL: CERES - A woman who was picked up by a man and propositioned to and later jumped from his moving vehicle and reported the incident to police was arrested after it was learned that she had warrants for her arrest.

Jortia Crice, 49, of Modesto, said she was picked up in front of Virginia Parks School on Sunday morning by a Latino man who asked her for oral sex. The two began to argue about the matter and she decided to jump out of the moving vehicle in area of Bystrum Road. She didn't call police until 7:30 p.m. and was taken to a local hospital for treatment of bumps and bruises.

Police checked into Crice's background and learned that she had several police contacts for prostitution and was wanted on felony warrants for theft and burglary.

• THEFT SUSPECT ELUDES POLICE AFTER CHASE: CERES - A man escaped arrest after leading police on a brief Thursday morning vehicle pursuit involving a stolen vehicle.

At 1:42 a.m. Officer Coey Henson attempted to pull over the driver of a black 1991 GMC pickup for speeding on southbound Herndon Road near Grandview Avenue.

The chase ended in the parking lot of 1632 Richland Avenue with a Latino man wearing blue jeans and no shirt bolted on foot.

Police set up a perimeter around the area. A Sheriff's Department canine followed a scent to Zona Bella Lane where it was lost in a field.

The pickup was reported stolen later that morning from someone in Delhi.