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Burglary suspect captured after brief car chase

A man who allegedly stole items from the Ceres Walmart store faces a number of criminal charges after he was apprehended by police as he tried to flee the store on Friday.

Police were called to the store at 10:27 p.m. The suspect had fled in a 1999 Mazda pickup. Officer Tom Miller responded and located the truck and attempted to stop the driver in the area of Mitchell and Fowler roads. The driver did not pull over and for the next four and a half minutes the chase was on. As the pursuit reached McNeil and Falquist ways, Detective Ross Bays performed a PIT maneuver on the car which stopped the car. Police then attempted to remove the suspect from the car at gunpoint.

Christopher Charles, 34, of Modesto, decided not to comply with officers and tried to move the pickup but it was blocked by Miller's patrol car. At one point, Charles reached into his pants so officers forcibly removed him from the vehicle. The suspect fought with officers until he was handcuffed.

A week prior, Charles had been released from jail in Sacramento where he served time. He was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on charges of felony theft with priors, leading officers on a vehicle pursuit, violation of probation, and delaying and/or obstructing a peace officer.