By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Reckless driving leads drug arrest in car stop
Alejandro Serrato
Alejandro Serrato

An act of reckless driving on Highway 99 with a Ceres Police officer right behind to watch it all ended with the driver, going to jail on drug charges early Tuesday, Dec. 15.

At 12:42 a.m., Officer Eric Gallegos was northbound on Highway 99 from Whitmore Avenue when he watched a silver pickup, behind a semi-truck and trailer, attempted to pass using the shoulder. After a near collision, the pickup driver pulled back behind the semi-truck and trailer. 

Officer Gallegos conducted a traffic stop on the Crowslanding Road off-ramp and found that driver Alejandro Serrato, 38, of Ceres, was on parole. During a search, a small plastic bindle of suspected methamphetamine was located in Serrato’s sock.

Serrato was arrested and his parole agent placed a parole hold on him. Serrato was booked at the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center where a second bindle of suspected methamphetamine was discovered in a sock. 

Serrato faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and violation of parole.