Ceres firefighters followed a blue Honda Pilot driven by a suspected drunken driver Friday evening and not only alerted police but blocked the driver in his driveway once he arrived at home.
At 10:05 p.m. firefighters were moving and saw the Honda being driven at a slow rate of speed and swerving on the streets of Ceres. They feared for his safety as well as the safety of the 8-year-old child riding with him as well as others on the road.
When driver Rupinder Singh, 51, of Ceres, pulled into his driveway in the 3900 block of Grant Falls Drive, they pulled the fire engine behind him as one firefighter removed the keys. Police arrived shortly and detained Singh after a field sobriety test indicated that he was intoxicated. Singh was arrested on DUI charges.
"It was kind of neat that the firefighters did that," said Ceres Police Lt. Brent Smith.
Ceres police also worked these other cases:
• CLUBHOUSE ENTERED - Police are investigating a break-in that occurred Thursday evening at the River Oaks Golf Course club house. It's unknown what, if anything, was taken in the burglary.
• SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR PETTY THEFT - When Ceres police officers were at Walmart investigating an in-custody theft at 8:36 p.m. on Saturday, they saw a man on a surveillance camera stuff a product in his clothing and walk out the garden area without paying for it and take off on a bicycle.
Police officers took off and found Thomas Bettencourt, 35, of Ceres, riding down the canal bank. After he learned officers were following him, Bettencourt lobbed a bottle of Tire Slime over a fence into a backyard on Semini Circle. Bettencourt was arrested for commercial burglary and violation of probation.
• DRUG ARREST MADE - Reports of a man yelling at kids on their way to school Monday morning resulted in police showing up and then finding drugs on the man and his companion.
At 7:14 a.m. police checked out the area of Fifth Street and Whitmore Avenue to find the man who was yelling. Three officers arrived and found John Beck, 44, of Ceres, and Mandy Hodges, 28, of Modesto, in front of Foster Freeze. The pair turned their backs as officers approached them. Beck was seen handing Hodges something. The officers then saw Hodges stuff a baggie into her mouth and swallow. She later told officers that it was marijuana.
Both were booked on charges of possession of methamphetamine. Beck was also charged with violation of probation. Hodges was booked also for possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation.