A 17-year-old Ceres boy was arrested Friday evening on a variety of charges after he led police on a six-minute pursuit through the center of town as he livestreamed it on social media.
The incident began at 11:11 p.m. when Ceres Police Officer Freddie Ortiz attempted to stop a gold-colored Honda Accord speeding southbound in the 1300 block of Richland Avenue. The driver turned into the parking lot of dd’s discounts on Hatch Road as Ortiz activated his emergency lights. The teen ignored the light and siren and sped up in the parking lot and back onto eastbound Hatch Road, running a red light. The chase accelerated to over 90 mph.
From Rose Avenue the driver made an eastbound turn onto Standford Avenue which dead ends into a cul-de-sac on the east end. As the Honda made a U-turn, Officer Ortiz pushed the rear of the Honda sideways against the curb with the front push bumper of the patrol unit. Other officers used their patrol vehicles to block the Honda and the chase was over.
Officers ordered the driver out of the vehicle and he began cursing and uttering racial slurs towards the officers. Officers were arrested him after a brief struggle. Located inside the car was a vape pen containing a marijuana concentrate.
The suspect faces charges of evading a police officer, driving without a license, resisting arrest, possession of concentrated cannabis and using a cell phone while driving.