A 15-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly led officers from two police agencies on pursuits and nearly ran over an officer.
The incident began just before 8 a.m. at Parkdale Drive and Avondale Avenue in south Modesto, said California Highway Patrol Officer Eric Parsons.
CHP Officer Aaron Keller saw a black Honda and a tan Honda racing, then the tan Honda rear-ended the black Honda.
Keller tried to stop both cars but they fled in different directions, so he followed the black Honda. On Hatch Road it pulled into a private driveway, Parsons said.
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Keller got out of his patrol car and with his gun drawn began to approach the Honda. The driver accelerated backward, narrowly missing Keller in a maneuver he described as a reverse U-turn.
Keller got back into his patrol car, which was now facing the front end of the Honda. The driver took off, almost hitting the patrol car, Parsons said.
Keller chased the Honda down country roads at speeds of about 70 mph until he lost it in an orchard at Vivian Road and Whitmore Avenue. Surrounding agencies were notified to look out for the black Honda.
Just before 9 a.m., a Ceres police officer spotted the car at Whitmore and Ustick Road, then pursued it north into a neighborhood south of Glenn Avenue, said Ceres police Sgt. Jose Berber.
The car crashed into a fence at Glenn and Ustick, but the driver refused to get out. Berber said a police dog was sent to apprehended the suspect, a 15-year-old boy from Modesto. The dog held him down until officers detained him.
The boy was arrested on suspicion of felony evading and assault with a deadly weapon.
The black Honda he was driving was stolen out of Modesto. The tan Honda was eventually recovered, abandoned on a country road, but the driver has not been located. The tan Honda was also stolen.