Modesto man suspected of hitting women with car in Ceres

local@modbee.comApril 29, 2013 

Booking mug of Francisco Lopez, 24, arrested on charges of DUI and assault with a deadly weapon. (Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department)

— Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies arrested a 24-year-old Modesto man after witnesses said he tried to run down people who told him he was driving too fast. He struck two women with his car, authorities said.

According to sheriff's Sgt. Anthony Bejaran, Francisco Antonio Lopez faces charges of felony driving under the influence of alcohol and assault with a deadly weapon.

The incident started Sunday evening when Lopez arrived at a store in the 5400 block of Central Avenue. Before he left the store, some area residents told Lopez to slow down.

"He pulled out of the store driveway and drove toward two people, striking them with his vehicle," Bejaran said. "Several people tried to stop him from fleeing and chased him on foot into a field, where they caught him."

Deputies arrived and arrested Lopez. One victim refused medical treatment; a second was taken to a hospital, Bejaran said. He did not know the extent of her injuries.

Lopez was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries suffered when the crowd stopped him from escaping.

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