Police arrest three after short pursuit in downtown Modesto

05/21/2014 9:20 AM

05/21/2014 10:25 PM

Modesto patrol officers arrested three people after a short pursuit and the discovery of a loaded gun, drugs and burglary tools, police said.

The officers first spotted the suspects in a vehicle about 8 a.m. Tuesday in downtown Modesto, according to Heather Graves, a police spokeswoman. She said the officers tried to stop the vehicle on a traffic violation, but driver Gerardo Ortiz sped away.

The pursuit ended after a couple of blocks when the vehicle stopped at E and 13th streets. Ortiz and Jamie Brotherton, who was a passenger in the rear seat, stayed in the car and complied with the officers.

Graves said Michael Tidmarsh, the front seat passenger, jumped out of the car and ran a short distance before he was taken into custody. She said a stolen check fell out of Tidmarsh’s pocket as he was running.

Inside the car, the officers found the loaded gun and several items commonly used to commit burglaries, Graves said. Police searched Brotherton’s home because she was on probation. The officers found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside her home, according to police.

Ortiz, 22, was arrested on suspicion of evading police and violating probation. Tidmarsh, 38, was arrested on gun and theft charges, as well as violating probation. Tidmarsh also was wanted on three arrest warrants. Brotherton, 36, was arrested on drug charges and violating probation.

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