A 16-year-old Ceres boy was arrested after he led police on a pursuit in a stolen car on Labor Day, Sept. 5.
At 9:32 a.m. an officer assigned to the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force (StanCATT) called Ceres police to help arrest the driver of a green 1996 Honda Accord that had been reported as stolen in Ceres that morning. Police caught up to the Honda at Richard Way and Baxter Way. Police activated their red lights to initiate a stop but the teenager led them on a chase. The chase continued through the area of Richland Avenue and Richard Way with the driver speeding through the parking lot of the apartments at 1625 Richland at 40 mph. Police caught up the suspect on Peltola Way and continued to Grandview Avenue where he lost control and hit a parked taco truck.
At one time during the chase, said Ceres Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jose Berber, the teen drove head-on toward a patrol car but a car was averted when the officer steered out of his path.
Officers rushed the driver, fearing he was about to put the car in reverse. The teen was pulled out of the car and forced to the ground. Berber said the suspect hid his hands under his abdomen and after refusing to show them officer wrestled his hands behind his back.
He was arrested on charges of possession of a stolen car, resisting arrest and assault with a deadly weapon.