An officer's attempt to pull over a blue Ford pickup in Ceres for driving without its headlights Thursday morning resulted in a driver who wouldn't pull over and a police chase that ended with the arrest of two minors.
At 2:11 a.m. Officer Kevin Sakasegawa attempted to stop a pickup in the 1200 block of Richland Avenue for driving without headlights. The driver did not stop and a pursuit was on. The chase went onto northbound Ninth Street into Modesto, and sped along streets Coldwell, Kearney, Princeton, Del Monte, Roseburg, and Tully before crashing into a fence at Princeton and Haney avenues in Modesto. Three occupants appeared to be ready to surrender but stayed in the vehicle which continued to speed on. Modesto Police Department was in the process of setting up spike strips on North Ninth Street when the driver pulled into the bike lane as the pickup came to a halt and three occupants ran.
Police found a loaded shotgun and several pot plants in the bed of the pickup.
A perimeter was set up around the area and two of the three suspects were apprehended. Arrested were a 17-year-old San Francisco male arrested for felony pursuit, and a 16-year-old Modesto boy on outstanding juvenile warrants. Both were very uncooperative and gave no statement to police, said Ceres Police Department spokesman Sgt. James Yandell.
The third suspect got away.