A couple of Waterford brothers attempted to prevent the other from getting arrested early Friday morning, but after three pursuits and a standoff, both ended up behind bars.
Waterford Police Services deputies first encountered the younger brother, 19-year-old Enrique Alvarez, when they attempted to pull him over at about 2:12 a.m., said Stanislaus County Sheriff's Sgt. Anthony Bejaran.
"He failed to yield when deputies activated their emergency lights and he led deputies on a short pursuit that was terminated due to Enrique’s dangerous driving," Bejaran said.
At about 3 a.m., deputies spotted the same vehicle allegedly driven by Enrique Alvarez and again attempted to make a traffic stop. A second pursuit ensued, during which the suspect drove the vehicle straight at a patrol car, swerving just before ramming it.
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Enrique Alvarez eluded deputies again but at some point during the pursuit called his brother, 20-year-old Raul Alvarez, to help him., Bejaran said.
Raul Alvarez, in a separate vehicle, drove to the area in which deputies were searching for Enrique Alvarez and intentionally failed to stop at a stop sign so deputies would follow him.
He drove recklessly through Waterford as deputies followed him, then stopped at his home in the 200 block of E Street, where he barricaded himself inside.
Eventually Raul Alvarez came out of the home and was arrested.
"While deputies were taking Raul into custody they saw that Enrique was yelling at them from the rooftop of a residence across the street and challenging them to fight," Bejaran said.
Enrique Alvarez tried to run from deputies but was captured.
Enrique Alvarez was arrested on suspicion of evading a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon, delaying and obstructing an officer and conspiracy. Raul Alvarez was arrested on suspicion of evading a peace officer, delaying and obstructing an officer and conspiracy.