A driver believed to be involved in a shooting and who fled Modesto Police Saturday morning was finally apprehended in Ceres after another police chase.
Sgt. Trenton Johnson of Ceres Police Department heard a 5:30 a.m. call from Modesto saying they were in pursuit of a black Cadillac believed to be involved in a Modesto shooting. Officers lost sight of the Cadillac near El Vista Avenue and Edgebrook Drive. Suspecting the driver may come into Ceres, Sgt. Johnson parked at Mitchell and River roads. The car appeared a short time later, with Sgt. Johnson following. The suspect turned onto side streets then to northbound Mitchell Road. Sgt. Johnson activated his lights and siren but the driver Emiliano Maldonado, 39, of Ceres, sped off, prompting a pursuit.
Maldonado made a westbound turn onto River Road and accelerated rapidly in an attempt to elude Sgt. Johnson. When the suspect reached Moffett Rd, the car was going too fast to negotiate the curve and hit a curb, fire hydrant and a SUV parked in the driveway of a home in the 2500 block of River Road.
Believing he was armed, police ordered Maldonado was ordered from the vehicle and to get on the ground. Instead, Maldonado exited the vehicle and tried to run but was apprehended by police canine Dex who was deployed by his handler, Officer Coey Henson.
Officers found no other occupants and no weapons.
Maldonado faces charges of evading an officer.