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Pursuit ends in arrest
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A 20-year-old Modesto man was arrested Monday afternoon after allegedly abusing his girlfriend and then leading police on a chase through residential areas of Ceres.

Someone called 911 at 3:43 p.m. to report that a black male adult was yelling at a female in a white Chevy ar parked at Magnolia and Ninth streets. By the time police arrived the driver had left northbound on Moffet Road. Sgt. Danny Vierra caught up with the Chevy north of Caswell and attempted to stop the driver but he fled through areas that included Thomas Avenue and Sixth Street. During the chase the suspect made a fast westbound turn and took out the Caswell and Vaughn street sign and drove into the yard at the northwest corner where he took out a palm tree and struck a parked van. The driver continued on until he high centered on a tree.

Caston Dantay LaMonte Jr., 20, of Modesto, bailed from the stuck car, running into an alley. Sgt. Vierra held LaMonte at gunpoint in the backyard of 1924 Mauna Kea.

The suspect was booked on charges of domestic violence, leading police on a pursuit, hit and run, and delaying or obstructing an officer in the performance of his duty.

Ceres Police also were involved in these other cases:

• BICYCLISTS ARRESTED - A man and a woman who were stopped while riding bicycles early Thursday morning, April 10 were arrested on drug-related charges.

At 3:30 a.m. Officer Brittney England stopped the two individuals at 3015 Fifth Street. Both did not immediately stop and rolled up into a residential yard. The two were searched and found without any contraband but Officer England then noticed a bag of methamphetamine found on the ground. Cameron Phipps, 23, of Ceres, admitted the bag was his and was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and violation of probation.

Karista Whitely, 21, of Ceres, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

• MOTORCYCLIST ARRESTED - Juan Miguel Gutierrez, 35, of Modesto, was arrested in a Sunday afternoon vehicle stop for an illegal move and found in possession of a concealed knife.

At 1:04 p.m. Officer Joe Wren saw Gutierrez blow through a red arrow at Hatch Road and Seventh Street and pulled him over at Seventh and Morgan. Wren noticed a sheath and was unsure if it was a gun and handcuffed the rider. The sheath contained a concealed fixed blade knife which is illegal to possess.

Gutierrez was found to be riding a motorcycle that had an expired registration and without a valid driver's license. He was arrested and booked on charges of possession of a concealed weapon, driving on an expired driver's license and expired registration.