GUSTINE -- The Merced County Sheriffs Department arrested a Newman man on charges of felony evading, driving on a suspended license and resisting arrest early today after he led police on a high-speed chase around Gustine.
According to reports, a deputy tried to stop Ronnie Soares, 39, near Gustine at 12:30 a.m. Soares took off on his motorcycle, and a pursuit reaching speeds of 100 mph ensued before he crashed at Hunt Road and Third Avenue in Gustine.
A passenger on the cycle was detained, but Soares ran away, deputies said. Deputy Adam Deniz and his K-9, Tyson, were called for backup. The dog tracked Soares to the 100 block of Third Avenue; deputies found him hiding in bushes in the front yard.