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Police pursuit ends in mall parking lot
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Robert Harris

A man who had drugs in his car and driving a car with expired registration led Ceres Police on a chase from Ceres all the way to the Vintage Faire Mall parking lot early Tuesday.

Ultimately police arrested Robert Harris, 36, of Modesto, who was driving the Honda.

At 12:49 a.m. Officer Eric Souza was northbound on Herndon Road near Nadine Avenue when the oncoming Honda failed to dim the high beam headlights. Officer Souza made a U-turn and began following the Honda as it turned eastbound on Nadine Avenue. A records check showed that the Honda’s registration was expired.

Harris failed to stop at the stop sign at Nadine and Richland avenues so Officer Souza activated his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the Honda. Harris kept driving, making a northbound turn onto Stonum Road while running the stop sign. Officer Souza activated his siren and initiated a pursuit which snaked its way on surface streets in the northwest part of Ceres at speeds of 40 mph. The Honda made its way to South Ninth Street where it increased speed to 90 mph. The Honda continued into Modesto and ended up driving into the empty parking lot of Vintage Faire Mall where a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) was performed to ending the pursuit. 

Harris fought with the officers as they tried to remove him from the car. He was subdued by Officer Coey Henson’s canine Dex. Harris had three felony warrants for his arrest and was found in possession of methamphetamine.  He was booked for the warrants, felony evading of a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance and probation violations.