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Rash of DUI arrests made
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Ceres Police officers arrested five men during separate car stops from June 21 through Monday, June 26.

The first arrest came at 1:54 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21 when Officer Fredrico Ortiz attempted to stop a vehicle near northbound Mitchell Road at Fowler Road. Driver Eric Duran, 40, of Ceres, initially kept driving on Mitchell Road to north of Hatch Road but when he did pull over he was uncooperative. Additional officers arrived to conduct a high-risk stop, ordering Duran out of the car. Duran registered a 0.18 percent Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). He was booked for drunken driving and driving on a suspended license.

At 6:42 p.m. on Saturday, off-duty Ceres Police Sgt. Darren Venn was behind a car that was being driven erratically. Venn reported the driver to Ceres Police dispatch and followed the acr to the area of Tully Road south of Whitmore Avenue in Hughson where a Sheriff's deputy made a stop. Ceres Police Officer Kiashira Ruiz responded and took over the investigation. Driver Jose Ramirez Raya, 59, of Hughson, displayed signs and symptoms of alcohol impairment and failed a field sobriety test. Raya was determined to be intoxicated, registering a 0.26 percent preliminary BAC.

Later in the evening, at 10:36 p.m. Officer Vince Hooper stopped a car being driven on the wrong side of traffic delineators through the construction zone on Service Road. Driver Jose Antonio Sanchez, 30, of Merced, appeared drunk and failed field sobriety test. Sanchez registered a 0.15 percent preliminary BAC and was booked for DUI and driving without a license.

Early on Sunday, at 1:56 a.m. Officer Kevin Sakasegawa was dispatched to non-injury traffic collision involving a Toyota Camry and a Chevrolet Tahoe near Hatch Road and Richland Avenue. While speaking to Jaime Platta, 26, of Modesto, the driver of the Camry Officer Sakasegawa could smell an odor of alcohol on his breath. He also noticed Platta had red watery eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. He admitted to drinking excessively prior to driving and failed a field sobriety test. Platta registered a 0.23 percent preliminary BAC and was arrested for DUI.

At 9:39 a.m. Monday morning Ceres Police Officer Jessica Graham responded to a hit-and-run accident on southbound Mitchell Road near Roeding Road. A driver rear-ended the vehicle in front of it. The accident was witnessed by a Sheriff's deputy who followed the driver to 10th @ Roeding Road where he waited with the suspect.

When Officer Graham arrived she smelled a strong odor of alcohol on the breath of Diego Garcia, 24, of Ceres. He refused to answer any questions and refused a field sobriety test. The driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The driver submitted to a breath test which registered 0.23 percent preliminary ABC. He was booked for hit-and-run and DUI causing injury.