A Modesto man was arrested Jan. 1 as he sped through Ceres and tried to outrun police because he was carrying evidence of drug sales.
At 9:53 a.m. Officer Jason Coley tried to stop the driver of a 1993 Honda Civic for speeding in the 1500 block of Mitchell Road. The driver, Michael Castle, 25, of Modesto, pulled over briefly into the Food 4 Less parking lot but sped off as Coley got out of his vehicle, nearly striking a pedestrian and other cars in his haste to get away. Coley followed the driver as he drove west on Alfonse Drive, onto westbound Peachwood Avenue, and east on Glasgow Drive and stopping his car on Falquist Way. Castle fled the car on foot, leaving his female passenger in the car.
Because the suspect jumped fences, Officer Ross Bays went back to the Food 4 Less parking lot where he spotted Castle jumping into the back yard of 29137 Alfonse Drive where he was arrested by Officer Ron Collins.
Castle was in possession of a loaded .380 Beretta pistol, scales, packaging, a pound of marijuana, an ounce of meth, and a small amount of heroin.
The passenger was released but Castle was booked for leading police on a pursuit, possession of a loaded concealed firearm, possession of methamphetamine, possession of narcotics for sales, transportation of a controlled substance for sales.