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Motorcyclist leads police on chase
Scott Ricketts
Scott Ricketts

A 29-year-old Modesto motorcycle rider was apprehended Friday evening after he led Ceres Police on a high-speed chase and was later found to be intoxicated.

At 11:32 p.m., Officer Aaron Pinon attempted to stop the rider of a Suzuki motorcycle with missing license plates at Hatch and Moffett roads. When Officer Pinon activated his emergency lights to stop the motorcycle, Scott Ricketts, 29, of Modesto accelerated to approximately 80 mph eastbound on Hatch Road. Officer Pinon pursued Ricetts as he rode recklessly, crossing over Mitchell Road. 

Ricketts turned southbound onto Boothe Road and then quickly into a neighborhood just east of Walmart. He rolled into a driveway in the 1500 block of Fribourg and fled on foot. The owner of the house notified officers that he heard noises in his backyard where officers found Rickett along with his helmet and motorcycle riding gear. 

Ricketts displayed signs of being intoxicated and a DUI investigation was conducted. At the conclusion of the investigation, Ricketts was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center. He has been charged with DUI, evading a peace officer with disregard for the public and evading a peace officer going the wrong way on a roadway.