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March 17, 2014

Two Ceres officers injured amid car chase

Two Ceres police officers suffered minor injuries Sunday night when their patrol car crashed head-on into a vehicle they were pursuing. Though injured, the officers managed to apprehend a suspect.

Two Ceres police officers suffered minor injuries Sunday night when their patrol car crashed head-on into a vehicle they were pursuing. Though injured, the officers managed to apprehend a suspect.

The chase started in the 1900 block of Darrah Street when the officers witnessed a drug transaction between a man in a Toyota Solara and another man, said Ceres spokeswoman Carissa Higginbotham.

When the officers pulled behind the car, the driver accelerated and failed to yield to the lights and sirens on the officers’ car.

The pursuit led the officers through Ceres to Ninth Street and Roeding Road.

The driver lost control when he turned the corner there and his Toyota spun 180 degrees to face the pursuing police vehicle, Higginbotham said. As the officers turned the corner, the vehicle was accelerating toward them and the two cars collided.

Both of the airbags in the police vehicle were deployed, but the officers were able to get out and apprehend the driver and passenger, Higginbotham said.

Anthony Vierra, 26, was arrested on suspicion of drug sales, evading police causing injury and assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon. Vierra was booked at the Stanislaus County Jail. The passenger was questioned and released.

The officers involved in the collision were treated at a local hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening and released, Higginbotham said.

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