A suspect who led police on a Wednesday high-speed chase tried to run as a Ceres police canine latched onto the fabric covering his buttocks and would not let go.
Duke, the canine of Officer Josh Klinge, was tenacious in holding the suspect, Adam Loux, 31, of Modesto, who could not shake the dog from his tail. As Loux tried to run from officers the canine would not release his grip even as the suspect fell and tried fighting him off.
Loux was spotted driving recklessly in the area of Whitmore Avenue and Moffet Road at approximately 1:30 a.m. When Klinge attempted to pull over the car, Loux accelerated eastbound on Whitmore Avenue and then northward on Mitchell Road where the suspect drove in the wrong direction head-on towards a police sergeant responding southbound. A collision was avoided by a last-minute turn onto a side street before rejoining the pursuit.
The pursuit continued onto westbound Hatch Road where Loux turned off his headlights and weaved in between westbound lanes and oncoming eastbound traffic. The suspect lost control of his car at Hatch Road and Richland Avenue and hit a sign pole in the center median before entering the intersection and striking a tree and utility pole near the IHOP restaurant.
Loux climbed out of a car window and began running and was warned by Klinge to stop or that the dog would be released.
After the dog stopped his run, three officers teamed up to arrest Loux who continued to fight. He was treated at a local hospital before being booked for assault with a deadly weapon, driving recklessly while evading a peace officer, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance, probation violation, and a felony no-bail warrant issued by Modesto Police.
A blood test will determine if Loux was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Witnesses who may have information about the incident are encouraged to contact Officer Klinge at 538-5700, ext. 5424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tips may also be anonymously reported to the Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at 1-866-60-CRIME or by texting tips to 274637 with TIP704 in the wording.