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Rider of stolen motorcycle leads police on chase
37-year-old Tracy man caught after riding into cul-de-sace
Samuel Romero
Samuel Romero

A 37-year-old Tracy man riding on stolen motorcycle was arrested Wednesday morning, June 12 after leading Ceres Police on a short pursuit.

At 8:01 a.m., Officer Eric Souza attempted to stop a motorcycle after what he thought was an incident of road rage between rider Samuel Romero and the driver of an SUV. Souza chased down Romero who ignored the emergency lights and siren. Romero instead sped eastbound on River Road from Bystrum Road. 

The pursuit continued eastbound on River Road at speeds up to 75 mph. At the intersection with Central Avenue the motorcycle turned into Live Oak Court. Romero attempted to maneuver his motorcycle around the court to find an exit but the officer got out of his patrol car and forced the rider off of the motorcycle and into an outdoor garden in front of a home. Romero was placed into handcuffs. 

The suspect was found to have two felony warrants for grand theft auto. The motorcycle he was riding had been reported as stolen from a dealership in San Jose. He was booked into jail for the warrants, possession of a stolen vehicle, evading an officer and driving out of class.