A 35-year-old Ceres man with a history of violating a restraining order was arrested Tuesday, July 10 after he allegedly ran from police and struck one of the officers.
Bernabe Orejel, 35, of Ceres, now faces charges of evading a police officer, violating a domestic violence restraining order and battery on a police officer.
At 2:37 a.m. Officer Ross Bays was in the 2300 block of Wise Oak Lane doing extra patrol to look out for Orejel who had continued to violate a domestic violence restraining order. He recognized a gold-colored Toyota Camry parked in the driveway of the house as belonging to Orejel. Within minutes Ceres dispatchers received a call from the woman who reported Orejel was violating the domestic violence restraining order. Officer Bays returned to the house and found Bernabe had left but checked the area blocks to the west where he found the car. When Officer Bays tried to pull Orejel over the suspect sped off, following Fowler, Rose, Joy, Whitmore Avenue, Tenth Street and Magnolia Street as he ran stop signs. While eastbound on
Magnolia Avenue, Orejel stopped at a residence in the 2700 block of Rose Avenue and ran into the front yard of 2701 Rose Avenue. The driver was ordered to stop but he kept running.
As Officer Bays approached Orejel at the fence line the suspect passed through a gate and then slammed it shut and into Officer Bays. Orejel began fighting with Bays so the officer deployed his canine Klouse which was able to subdue him and aid in his arrest by Sgt. Keith Griebel.
Orejel was treated for his injuries sustained while fighting with the dog and was then transported to jail.