A 19-year-old Stockton teen was arrested early Sunday after he fled police who suspected he was involved with street racing in an industrial area of southwest Ceres.
At 12:08 a.m. Officers Vince Hooper and Freddie Ortiz were dispatched to the area of Service Road near Stanislaus Farm Supply for a report of street racing. Hooper saw a silver Mustang doing at least 10 donuts with several cars parked around him at the corner of Farm Supply Drive and Marchy Lane.
As the police units moved in, the cars began to scatter. They followed the Mustang and began to follow it but the driver led officers on a pursuit at Hackett and Blaker. The chase went on Railroad Avenue, Central Avenue, Walnut Avenue and Burton Drive until it crashed into a cement irrigation box at the dead end of Hackett Road, causing airbags to deploy.
Ramon Gonzalez, 19, of Stockton, fled north over fences into the nearby neighborhood. A perimeter was set and officers began looking for the suspect with the assistance of the Sheriff's Department helicopter. The helicopter crew located Gonzalez hiding on a roof. Ceres officers ordered him down and he eventually complied.
After being medically checked out and cleared, Gonzalez was booked for fleeing from the police with willful disregard for the public and for running from the scene of an accident.