A Ceres police officer had to twice punch a man who refused to show his hand beneath his clothing at the end of a high-speed chase Wednesday morning.
Arrested in the incident was Able Arellano, 28, of Modesto, on multiple charges.
At 4:03 a.m. was driving a black Honda Civic with paper dealership plates eastbound on Evans Road. When he failed to come to a complete stop at the stop sign on Central Avenue, the officer followed it southbound on Central Avenue and attempted to stop the driver. Arellano pulled off to the side at Darrah Street but then sped off. The officer initiated a pursuit.
As the suspect was driving southbound on Central Avenue he passed a car on the right side and struck the curb, nearly caused a collision with the car he passed. The suspect then spun out of control at Central and Whitmore avenues but regained traction and continued westbound on Whitmore Avenue, eventually steering onto northbound Highway 99 and exiting at Ninth Street at a speed estimated to be 100 mph.
Arellano made a U-turn onto South Ninth Street at Latimer Avenue. He drove southbound in the northbound lanes of Ninth Street before hitting a raised curb which disabled the Honda. Arellano was ordered out of the car at gunpoint. He laid on the ground and was ordered to show his hands but continued to conceal his left hand under his body. Fearing he was armed, the officer punched Arellano twice in the ribs to get him to surrender.
Arellano was found to be on probation and the Honda was reported stolen out of Modesto. After he was treated at a local hospital for injuries sustained in the crash, Arellano was booked for probation violation, possession of a stolen vehicle, felony evading of police and resisting arrest.