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High-speed chase starts in Ceres, ends in Turlock
Nicholas Villafana
Nicholas Villafana

A 27-year-old Modesto parolee was arrested Saturday evening after he led Ceres Police on a high-speed chase into Turlock.

At 11:23 p.m. Officer Jonathan Blount was southbound on Highway 99 from Hatch Road when he saw a red Honda traveling at over 90 mph. Officer Blount activated his emergency lights in an attempt to stop driver Nicholas Villafana for speeding. Villafana ignored the lights and siren and sped up to over 100 mph. 

The pursuit continued southbound on Highway 99 until Villafana took the Taylor Road exit onto southbound Golden State Blvd at over 100 mph. The chase went eastbound onto Monte Vista then southbound onto Crowell Road into a residential area where the Honda stopped in the 3000 block of Radford Way. Villafana ran into a garage and into the residence. Due to a lack of backup, Officer Blount was not unable to give chase. Once Turlock Police and Sheriff’s deputies arrived, Officer Blount began giving orders over his patrol car’s loudspeaker for the occupants of the residence to come out.

Several people came out including the suspect who was detained. A black assault rifle, with no markings or serial number, was located inside the Honda. This rifle was loaded with a high-capacity removable magazine loaded with .556 caliber ammunition.

Villafana was found to have absconded from parole and had a warrant for his arrest issued by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He faces charges of evading a peace officer, numerous weapons charges and the parole warrant.