Ceres Police arrested three of four teenagers after a Thursday morning pursuit of a stolen vehicle that ended in Modesto.
Officer Charles Rushing was working traffic enforcement on Whitmore Avenue at 8:47 a.m. when he clocked a white Land Rover speeding eastbound on Whitmore Avenue approaching Rose Avenue at 53 mph in the 35 mph speed limit zone. Officer Rushing pulled in behind the vehicle and attempted to pull it over as it turned northbound onto Mitchell Road but the driver accelerated. The driver made an abrupt turn onto Joy Avenue and sped through the residential area. The chase
made its way back onto northbound Mitchell Road into Modesto as the driver blew through all signs and traffic signals along the route.
The pursuit ended when the driver crashed through a gate at the dead end of N. McClure Road next to Creekside Golf Course, drove along a bike path along its north side and was unable to negotiate past a heavy metal gate leading from the path to N. Riverside Drive. The driver and his three passengers ran from the vehicle.
With the assistance of the Modesto Police Department, three of the four occupants were arrested after an extensive search. Booked into Juvenile Hall on charges of grand theft auto and possession of a stolen vehicle were a 17-year-old girl from Modesto, a 17-year-old boy from Modesto and a 16-year-old girl from Waterford.
The driver eluded capture and is still at-large.
The Land Rover had been stolen from an owner in Lathrop.