A 17-year-old Ceres boy faces a string of serious charges after leading deputies and officers on a dangerous high-speed pursuit early Saturday while intoxicated which ended with a crash.
At 12:05 a.m., Ceres Police officers were alerted to a pursuit by Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputy on eastbound Whitmore Avenue east of Morgan Road. Officer Charles Rushing and others set up in strategic locations along the anticipated pursuit path in the event their assistance was requested. Deputies terminated the pursuit when the driver hit 90 mph on Whitmore Avenue. Officer Rushing saw the vehicle weaving in and out of traffic as it approached Rose Avenue. The teen driver lost control when he attempted to turn onto southbound Rose Avenue and struck the southeast curb to launch the car into the air and collide with a vehicle parked in the driveway.
Officer Rushing saw the teen running from the car southbound on Rose Avenue and gave chase. Helpful citizens motioned for Officer Rushing to come down to the 2500 block where a deputy was handcuffing the driver.
The teen was found to be intoxicated. He faces charges of felony evasion of an officer, hit and run, driving without a license, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of an accident and DUI.
The boy’s identity was not released because of a state law protecting the naming of juvenile offenders.