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NO CLUES IN CAR TORCHINGS: CERES - Police have nothing to go on in capturing the person who started fires in two vehicles parked in the 1700 block of Ocean Way early on the morning of Oct. 6.

Arsonists broke into a 1992 Honda Accord and 1997 Toyota Corolla and set both ablaze and fled. The fire department responded quickly to put out the fires but both cars had major damage to their interiors. The fires were started in the front seats.

Police interviewed owners of both cars and neither had an idea why their vehicles were targeted.

TEEN ARRESTED AFTER VEHICLE PURSUIT: CERES - A 17-year-old Ceres boy was arrested early Wednesday, Oct. 7 after he led police on an 8-mile pursuit in a stolen car.

The incident began when a 1996 Ford Windstar van was reported stolen in the 2700 block of Magnolia Street at 2:41 a.m. Seven minutes later Officer Greg Yotsuya spotted the van parked at the gas pumps at the Quik Stop at Service and Morgan roads. A teen jumped into the van and sped off northbound on Morgan Road, starting the 12-minute pursuit that reached speeds of up to 100 mph.

At one point the teen drove into a field in the area of Jim Way and back onto Crows Landing Road on his way to northbound Highway 99. The chase came to an end when the Ford began smoking and stopped running near Kansas Avenue in Modesto. The teen was arrested without incident and arrested on charges of auto theft, evading a peace officer, being an unlicensed driver and possession of stolen property.

BAR BURGLARIZED: CERES - Police responded to a 3:27 a.m. burglar alarm on Oct. 7 at La Tequilla bar at 1530 Hatch Road only to find the front door smashed and cash and a flat screen TV taken.

Officers tracked down oil drips possibly from the suspects' car but the drops trailed off at Richland and Evans.

MAN COMBATIVE WITH OFFICERS: CERES - Police arrested an allegedly intoxicated Gurjit Sohal, 28, on Wednesday morning after they tried to rouse him from his SUV which was parked on the sidewalk in the 2900 block of Don Pedro Road.

Someone called police at 6:12 a.m. to report a driver passed out behind the wheel of a car, which had come to rest against a fence and in a driveway. Officers had to wake up Sohal but he refused to step out of the car.

He was arrested for DUI. When he was being booked into the County Jail Sohal became combative with officer and received an additional charge of resisting arrest.

DISTURBANCE LEADS TO ARRESTS: CERES - A domestic disturbance in the 2100 block of Fifth Street at 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7 led police to arrest two men on other charges.

Officers arrived and were told that the man causing the disturbance had left in an SUV. A short while later officer Dan Fairchilds located the vehicle at Hatch Road and Richland Avenue. When Fairchilds pulled the suspect over in the 1700 block of Hatch Road, the passenger started to jump out and run when the officer confronted him and held him at gunpoint. Felipe Martinez, 38, of Ceres, was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a concealed weapon in car, a warrant for domestic violence, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers located a .22-caliber handgun in a bag on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Driver Robert Garcia Jr., 38, of Modesto, was arrested for driving on a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia.

VIDEO STORE BROKE INTO: CERES - Thieves entered Blockbuster Video at 2119 Hatch Road early on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 8, setting off an alarm.

The alarm sounded at 4:43 a.m. when someone made entry through the roof hatch and escaped out the side door.