Two men fleeing the scene of an armed home invasion robbery in Ceres on Monday led police on a chase that ended when their car crashed on Geer Road near Hughson.
Police said the two suspects were lucky they weren't killed when their car crashed at high speeds into a utility pole, crumpling the car into a mangled mess.
The suspects were not named but were described as Hispanic. They were said to be the men who fled a house in the 1700 block of Gingko Court in Ceres which was robbed at gunpoint at 11:45 p.m. A resident living there said two men entered the family home through a garage door and were brandishing handguns. The men had their faces covered and were wearing hooded sweatshirts. After they took purse and wallet from the house they fled and the 9-1-1 call was made.
As officers were responding to the scene, a car was seen speeding away from the house at a high rate of speed. An officer pursued the vehicle and tried to pull it over near Whitmore Avenue and Faith Home Road but the driver only accelerated to speeds of up to 130 mph on rural roads.
The chase snaked into north Turlock in the area of Geer and Springer and then back onto Geer Road and back toward Hughson. At this point officers from Turlock Police and CSUS Police joined in the chase.
When the chase went north of Grayson Road on Geer Road, the suspects' car crashed into a pole, rolled over and into a second pole. One man climbed out and the other was taken out of the burning car at gunpoint by officers that included the California Highway Patrol and Sheriff's Department and were sent to a local hospital.
The flames were put out by officers with portable fire extinguishers.
Officers noted that the men were wearing body armor and were armed. The stolen property was recovered from the vehicle.