Ceres Police are seeking to arrest 16-year-old Christopher Jimenez of Turlock on charges of evading police, assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, and resisting arrest after he escaped during a chase in which an officer pointed a gun at him.
The chase started Monday evening, July 17. Officer Eric Gallegos was westbound on Kinser Road at 11:18 p.m. when he saw two large groups of individuals standing on the southeast corner of McCord Way and Kinser Road. He heard profanities exchanged between the groups as they began to approach each other as Officer Gallegos passed by. Believing a fight was about to ensue, he stopped to check on the situation and saw one cluster ran off to a nearby car and begin fleeing the officer. Officer Gallegos gave chase as the vehicle turned down McKittrick Court and double back because the street dead ended. Gallegos stopped his patrol vehicle to block the vehicle from exiting the court and exited with duty pistol drawn. The suspect vehicle drove at Gallegos as if to hit him but maneuvered around him at the last second.
Other Ceres officers joined in the pursuit as it continued through nearby neighborhoods. The suspect's car stopped when it collided into a parked vehicle at 3817 Georgeann Place and multiple occupants scattered and were chased. A 15-year-old Modesto boy was caught in the backyard of 3813 Georgeann Place. He was eventually cited and released to his mother for resisting arrest.
A 14-year-old Ceres boy was taken into custody because he was heavily intoxicated and unable to run. He was eventually taken to the hospital by ambulance after officers spoke to his mother.
The driver of the vehicle got away by was positively identified as 16-year-old Christopher Jimenez of Turlock