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Rider of stolen motorcycle busted after chase
Arturo Duran
Arturo Duran

A 52-year-old motorcycle rider from Modesto was arrested after a high-speed Friday evening chase that started when he endangered an officer in route to an emergency call.

The rider, Arturo Duran, faces charges of grand theft auto, possession of a stolen vehicle, evading a police officer, DUI and possession of a controlled substance.

The incident developed at 11:04 p.m. as Officer Adam Hall was responding to assist another Ceres police officer who was with a suspect who was fighting him. Hall rolled code 3 with emergency lights and siren northbound on Railroad Avenue when a Harley Davidson motorcycle in front of him failed to yield as they were approaching Whitmore Avenue, leaving Hall no safe way to pass around it.

Because the situation he had been responding to had stabilized with other officers arriving first, Officer Hall focused on the motorcyclist who was now evading him. Duran ran the red light at Railroad and Whitmore avenues and sped westbound on Whitmore Avenue at speeds of approximately 95 mph. The pursuit continued westbound to Carpenter Road where Duran ran the stop sign and continued westbound on Whitmore Avenue at approximately 100 mph.

When the motorcycle got to the T-intersection at Vivian Road the rider lost control and crashed into a fence. Duran got up and began to run but was detained by Officer Hall after a brief struggle.

Displaying symptoms of alcohol intoxication, Duran was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamines. The motorcycle was reported as stolen out of Modesto. Officer Hall conducted a DUI investigation and later arrested Duran for DUI.