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Turlock teen arrested for stealing car in Ceres
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A 14-year-old Turlock boy with several felony warrants for his arrest was arrested after he led Ceres Police on a chase of him in a stolen car Sunday evening, Feb. 16.

At 7:49 p.m., Officer Alex Ochoa was working patrol when he saw a green Honda Civic driving southbound on Ninth Street without its headlights on and fail to stop at the stop sign at Magnolia Street.

As the vehicle turned westbound on Magnolia Street Officer Ochoa noticed no rear license plate. He attempted to stop the vehicle on Magnolia Street at 6th Street when the driver sped off.

Officer Ochoa pursued the vehicle as it failed to stop at the stop sign at Magnolia Street and Fourth Street. It continued westbound and blew through the stop signs at Third and Second streets. As the chase wound through the streets of Ceres the driver ran a number of red lights and stop signs.

The vehicle continued northbound on Herndon Road and drove into the southbound lanes just south of Hatch Road to bypass traffic stopped at the red signal light. The chase continued onto Bystrum Road at speeds of approximately 60 mph. The suspect lost control during one of the turns in northbound Bystrum Road and collided into a chain-link fence just south of Latimer Avenue. The driver was taken into custody without incident.

It was determined that the juvenile runaway had just stolen the vehicle from a residence on 10th Street in Ceres. Inside the vehicle was a piece of shaved silverware inserted into the ignition. Two other shaved keys were found in the boy’s right pants pocket. 

The juvenile was arrested on his warrants and new charges of evading police, auto theft, possession of burglary tools, and possession of stolen property.