Three teenage boys were booked into Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall for possession of a stolen vehicle after the driver led Ceres police on a chase through Ceres streets early Thursday.
At 1:39 a.m., Officer Trinidad Viramontes was actively patrolling for criminal activity when he saw a green-colored Honda Accord occupied by three teens parked next to Don Pedro Park. Officer Viramontes pulled up behind the vehicle and walked up to it, but the driver refused to roll down the window, started the vehicle and sped off. Officer Viramontes chased after the Honda with emergency lights and siren activated as the pursuit snaked through town at speeds between 50 and 70 mph.
The chase went north on Morgan Road, east on Whitmore Avenue, north on Central Avenue and then north on Herndon Road. The driver finally pulled over in the 2100 block of Herndon Road.
All three occupants, aged 15, 16 and 16, were taken into custody. Initially all three occupants refused to identify themselves but were identified in Juvenile Hall.
The Honda was later reported stolen from an address in Ceres. The driver received an extra charge of recklessly evading a peace officer in a vehicle.