CERES -- Police officers chased a suspect who ran across four lanes of highway traffic to avoid arrest Tuesday night.
An officer at Whitmore and Central avenues attempted a traffic stop of a bicyclist at about 8:30 p.m. The bicyclist refused to stop and instead rode south toward the Whitmore offramp and jumped off his bike, said Sgt. Patrick Sullivan.
The suspect ran west across Highway 99, and officers followed into what one described as "very light traffic," Sullivan said. When the officers jumped over the center divide, they saw the man lying on the ground in the southbound lanes. The officers didn't know whether the man had been hit by a car or tripped, but he got up when he saw officers and continued to run, Sullivan said. The California Highway Patrol had no reports of anyone hit on the highway near Whitmore, but chase witnesses did call 911.