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Suspect rams Ceres patrol car in pursuit
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A Ceres patrol car was ramming during a lengthy chase of an auto theft suspect that started early Monday morning in Ceres and ended in Modesto.

Nobody was hurt in the incident and the police vehicle sustained moderate damage while two others received minor mechanical damage.

At approximately 12:23 a.m. on Monday, a Ceres police officer James Riley attempted to stop a green Chevrolet pickup for a vehicle code violation near Hatch and Herndon roads in Ceres. The driver of the truck, Anthony Bryant, 22, of Modesto, failed to stop and led officers in a pursuit through Ceres and Modesto. During the pursuit, officers learned that the pickup was linked with numerous vehicle thefts and stolen property cases being investigated by the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force (StanCATT).

At one point in Modesto, Bryant deliberately rammed Riley's Ceres patrol car, which continued briefly in the pursuit before becoming disabled. The pickup continued over railroad tracks, narrowly missing a Union Pacific Railroad employee.

Bryant drove the pickup northbound along the railroad tracks for approximately 300 yards before coming to a stop at the intersection of Woodland Avenue and North Ninth Street in Modesto. Bryant then bailed on foot westbound toward Lone Palm Avenue, where he was apprehended by Ceres and Modesto police officers.

Bryant was charged with assault on a police officer and felony reckless evading.

StanCATT investigators helped secure a search warrant of a home in the 1100 block of Wizard Lane in Ceres. Officers found two stolen vehicles and numerous pieces of stolen property. One subject at the residence was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant.

Additionally, two subjects were seen leaving the Wizard address riding a motorcycle that had been reported stolen out of Las Vegas. Both subjects were arrested for the stolen motorcycle.

The names of the three other individuals who were arrested are not available at this time, as this is an ongoing investigation being conducted by StanCATT.

"This law enforcement effort has dismantled a group of criminals who have been heavily involved in committing crimes against the people of this community," said Ceres Police Chief Art de Werk.