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Two car stops net arrests of parole violators
Sergio Rios and Paul Lovett
Ceres Police arrested parole violators Sergio Rios (left) and Paul Lovett in separate car stops.

Ceres Police arrested two parole violators in separate car stops on Friday and Saturday evenings.

A 47-year-old Ceres man was arrested when Friday evening when the car he was riding in was stopped and the officer learned of a parole violation.

At 10:36 p.m. Ceres Police Officer Matthew Johnson made a stop of a black Honda Civic with expired registration tags at Moffett Road and Glasgow Drive. Passenger Sergio Rios was found to be out of compliance with his parole status and wanted by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

On Saturday evening, a similar arrest occurred at 11:50 p.m. when Officer Eric Souza checked out a suspicious Nissan pickup parked in the 3600 block of Joranolo Drive. Officer Souza found that occupant Paul Lovett, 56, of Ceres, was wanted by the California Department of Corrections. Once he was arrested, Lovett was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Both men were arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center.

Lovett had been arrested in March 2021 when he was loitering at St. Jude’s Catholic Church which had been experiencing break-ins at the time. He was arrested then because he had violated his parole.