A burned-out tail light followed by failure to make a complete stop at a stop sign caused police to attempt a traffic stop on Jonathan Alexis Gonzales who decided to flee instead. When the chase was over, the 20-year-old Ceres man was booked for felony evading, driving with a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance and outstanding warrants.
At 12:30 a.m. a Ceres Police officer was behind Gonzales' silver Honda as it moved southbound on Central Avenue at Second Street when he noticed its rear lights were malfunctioning. Gonzales was then observed failing to make a complete stop at Central Avenue and the northbound Highway 99 off-ramp. The officer activated his lights and siren to initiate an enforcement stop but Gonzales accelerated to speeds of up to 80 mph toward Service and Mitchell roads. Gonzales turned north onto Mitchell Road maintaining his fast speed. Gonzales then cut through the Save Mart parking lot and onto westbound Whitmore Avenue.
The on-duty sergeant was able to get behind the car and used a PIT maneuver to slide the suspect's car to a stop. Gonzales bailed from the car and ran across the street but was shortly apprehended.