A 30-year-old man who was hit by a car as he attempted to cross Mitchell Road later died from internal injuries at a Modesto hospital.
Ceres Police Lt. Brent Smith said that the Felix Garcia was attempting to cross the street near Service Road wearing dark clothing outside of any marked crosswalk at 4:30 a.m. He was struck in a turn lane by a black Acura. Garcia spoke to the driver and police officers but later passed away.
Police are continuing to investigate the crash.
Ceres police also responded to the following crimes:
• CERES OFFICERS HELP MPD GET THEIR MAN - Ceres police helped capture a documented gang member from Stockton who eluded Modesto Police during a chase on Saturday evening.
At 10:12 p.m. Modesto officers were pursuing a vehicle in the area of Barozzi and Bowie avenues in south Modesto which contained three occupants, once of whom was armed with a handgun. The suspects eluded officers after they bailed from the car on foot.
The Ceres Police Street Crimes Unit, with Officer Josh Klinge and canine Duke, performed a house to house search of the area. A short while later a citizen reported to police that a stranger was in the driveway at 309 Barozzi Avenue. At first a seated Trinidad Rangal, 23, of Stockton, pretended to be a resident living there. He later confessed that he had been running from police. Ceres officers turned him over to Modesto Police. Ceres officers also found a gun that had been dropped along the path where the suspects had run.
Lt. Brent Smith said that Rangal was a gang member out of Stockton and was in the area due to recent gang violence.
• DRUNK SKATER SMASHES OUT WINDOW - Donald Lemings, 23, of Ceres, will answer charges in court that he smashed a window at the Vineyard station at 1240 E Whitmore Avenue while being publicly drunk.
Police arrested an intoxicated Lemings at 9:49 p.m. on Friday. He said he was irritated when he missed his ride home and decided to smash the window with his skateboard. His charges were vandalism and public drunkenness.
• AMBULANCE CREW REPORTS DRUNK DRIVER - An alert AMR ambulance crew reported a possible drunk driver to police who later found the driver and arrested him.
The crew was rolling in the area of Ninth Street at 10:36 p.m. on Friday and saw a 2003 Lincoln Town Car being driven erratically. Officer Kiashira Ruiz later located the car parked in front of 2110 Laurel. Inside the car was driver Armando Martinez, 24, of Ceres. He held an open beer car and the car keys. Martinez was arrested with a blood alcohol content of 0.26.
• WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER HITTING PARKED CAR - A Turlock woman was arrested for driving under the influence early Saturday morning after she allegedly struck a parked truck in Ceres and then took off.
The crash took place at 2:53 a.m. Ceres police said that Giulia Wagoner, 47, of Turlock, drove into the vehicle parked in the 2400 block of Condit Court. She then continued to 2509 Condit Court where she stopped.
Wagoner was arrested on charges of DUI.
• WOMAN CITED IN DUI CRASH - Police cited and released the alleged drunken driver of a vehicle that crashed into a light pole as she attempted to make a left turn from Mitchell Road onto eastbound Whitmore Avenue.
Melissa Bazan, 27, was injured in the 11 p.m. Sunday crash and taken to Doctors Medical Center for treatment of injuries. Bazan registered a blood alcohol content of 0.22.
• FOUR CRIMES COMMITTED IN SPREE - A 23-year-old Ceres man was arrested Sunday evening after he allegedly broke into a house, assaulted an occupant, and then carjacked someone's car with the driver inside.
Lt. Brent Smith said that at 8:25 p.m. a resident at 2832 Joy Avenue was confronted by Jordan Qualls who made his way into the garage through the front door of the house. The homeowner and a friend confronted Qualls and escorted him back to the front door where they pushed him out. Qualls elbowed one of the two and took off running toward Rose Avenue.
Police say that Qualls then ran up to the driver's side of an occupied 1994 Chevy pickup and forced driver Robin Rocha to slide over as he commandeered the vehicle to Smyrna Park two blocks away. Qualls bailed on foot and was arrested by police at the park. He was arrested and charged with kidnapping, carjacking, trespassing and assault.
Smith said Qualls has a history of methamphetamine abuse.