A Keyes man with a history of auto theft was arrested by Ceres Police after he led them on a long Friday, Jan. 5 chase into the county.
Officer Vince Hooper was in the area of Moore Road and Service Road at 10:20 a.m. looking for a stolen Honda involved in a Jan. 4 theft at the nearby Chevron gas station when he spotted a silver four-door Honda being driven suspiciously. Officer Hooper followed and driver Dustin Robinson, 18, of Keyes, immediately pulled over on Moore Road to let out two passengers, a male and a female. Robinson floored it as the male passenger put his hands up and told police, "I don't want anything to do with this."
Officer Hooper continued pursuing Robinson with other Ceres Police Officers and Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputies assisting. The pursuit went down southbound Moore Road to Rhode Road and into Keyes. It then made its way through county roads back to Hatch and Geer. The suspect drove northbound on Geer Road and onto westbound Jantzen Road where the suspect's Honda quit running a few hundred feet from Geer Road. Officer Hooper pinned the front push bumper of his patrol vehicle against the Honda and got out of his patrol car while holding Robinson at gun point. At one point the Honda began moving forward. When Hooper ordered Robinson to stop the car, the parking brake was applied.
Officers removed Robinson through the sunroof and arrested on charges of felony evading of an officer, auto theft, possession of stolen property, probation violation, and the two outstanding warrants.
Robinson has a prior history of auto theft and a records check revealed he is currently on probation for auto theft and had two active warrants for his arrest for auto theft.
The vehicle he was driving was determined to be a stolen vehicle from Merced.