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• DUI SUSPECT ENTERS FREEWAY WRONG WAY: CERES - Sgt. Trenton Johnson arrested an allegedly intoxicated driver who had entered Highway 99 the wrong way Sunday evening.

At 11:56 p.m., a citizen reported a drunk driver in the area of Central and Whitmore avenues. The driver, Manuel Torres, 50, of Modesto, was then observed in his 1997 Plymouth getting onto southbound 99 going northbound. Johnson spotted the driver in the slow lane but apparently turned around. Sgt. Johnson was able to intercept him at the main Ceres exit at El Camino and North streets. Torres was found to be too drunk to stand unassisted. He was taken to Doctors Medical Center for a blood draw to determine his level of intoxication.

• FLEEING PAROLEE APPREHENDED: SOUTH MODESTO - Ceres officers assisted Sheriff's deputies and the California Highway Patrol in apprehending a parolee who fled from a CHP officer on Monday.

The parolee, Jose Astorga, 38, of Ceres, fled from the officer in the 500 block of Olivero Street in South Modesto at 10:26 a.m. Search teams were set up on Hatch Road to begin a property search for the parolee.

A Sheriff's Department canine was taken inside 503 Olivero and discovered a scent in a closet. The suspect refused to come out so the canine was released. Astorga was bitten numerous times before surrendering.

Astorga was taken to Doctors Medical Center for treatment of wounds and then taken into custody.

• OFFICERS REVIVE MAN: CERES - Two Ceres officers are credited with saving the life of a motorist who suffered a heart attack while driving Wednesday, June 29 in the Whitmore Avenue and Blaker Road area.

When officer Brian Ferreira and reserve officer Hector Pulido arrived they found James Smith 70, of Modesto, with no pulse. Smith had been driving at 5:02 p.m. when he suddenly slumped over the steering wheel and his wife managed to get her foot to the brake pedal to stop the car. The officers immediately performed CPR on Smith and got a pulse by the time the ambulance arrived.

Smith was stabilized and transported to a Modesto hospital.

• HOMES BEING RANSACKED: CERES - Approximately six homes in the Vlach Way area have been broken into and ransacked for goods in the past two weeks.

Lt. Brent Smith of the Ceres Police Department said that the last break-in was reported at 1:26 p.m. on Thursday, June 30. In each break-in, the burglars kicked in the front door and performed a quick ransacking and fled.

Vlatch Way is near Lucchesini Lane in north Ceres.

•DONUT SPINNER ARRESTED: CERES - A Ceres teenager was arrested Friday morning after he was observed spinning donuts on the road and scattering rocks at other cars.

Miguel Hernandez, 19, of Ceres, was spotted at 4:29 a.m. in the 1700 block of Central Avenue after a citizen reported his reckless driving.

Officer Steve Carvalho stopped Hernandez and believed that he was under the influence of alcohol. Hernandez was arrested and charged with DUI.

• STOLEN GUN ON PAROLEE: CERES - A Modesto parolee and a female passenger were arrested during a traffic stop at River Road and Richland Avenue on Thursday, June 30 because of a loaded handgun under his seat.

At 2:40 a.m. Ceres patrolman Freddie Ortiz made the stop on driver Magana Reyes, 33, of Modesto, for mechanical issues. Lt. Brent Smith said that Reyes initially tried to pass himself off as his brother but Ortiz sensed he was being lied to and found out that Reyes was actually a parolee. The officer searched the car and found a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun which had been stolen from a Modesto residence in March.

Reyes was charged with providing a false ID, carrying a loaded concealed weapon, being a parolee in possession of a handgun, possession of stolen property, and driving without a license.

Passenger Angelica Alvarez, 33, of Modesto, was also arrested on charges of possession of a loaded handgun and possession of stolen property.