Gustine police said an attempted traffic stop on March 20 led to a pursuit on local streets that ended with the driver of the suspect vehicle fleeing on foot and eluding arrest.
Police said an officer attempted to conduct a vehicle stop after seeing a vehicle speeding on Highway 33, but the driver failed to yield. The pursuit went through two posted stop signs and hit speeds estimated at 60 miles an hour on Wallis Avenue before the subject pulled over and exited the vehicle, police said. Officers were unable to locate the individual. Authorities said the person driving the vehicle was believed to have two outstanding felony warrants.
Police said a vehicle parked in the 300 block of Wallis was vandalized in an incident reported March 26. Police said the damage was estimated at $3,000.
Police said items valued at $175 were reported stolen March 24 from a vehicle that had been left overnight in the Dollar General parking lot. A window was broken to gain entry, causing damage to the vehicle estimated at $60.
The following were among arrests reported by Gustine police from March 20-27.
A 17-year-old Gustine female was arrested March 23 on a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license.
Francisco Oropeza, 44, of Newman, was arrested March 26 on a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license.
Gustine police received 59 calls for service, reported 183 officer-initiated incidents (including 22 traffic stops), took 19 reports, made six arrests, wrote 12 traffic citations and issued six parking tickets from March 20-27, according to the department’s activity report.
Fight, threat report lead to arrests
Newman police said four juveniles face charges in the wake of a fight at Orestimba High School last Tuesday, March 20, and one was later arrested on additional charges after allegedly making a threat to commit a school shooting.
Authorities said the incident started with a fight between two juveniles at lunchtime over a social media post from several days prior.
Police said two additional juveniles became involved in the altercation, during which a female student was struck in the face. The female was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries, according to police.
Following that incident, police said, one 15-year-old male was arrested on a felony charge of battery with serious injury and a misdemeanor battery charge. A second 15-year-old male was arrested on three misdemeanor battery charges, including two charges of battery against a school employee. Two other males, ages 16 and 17, were arrested on misdemeanor battery charges.
Each was released on a citation, police said.
Shortly after the end of the school day, authorities told Mattos Newspapers, police were notified by school staff that one of the 15-year-old juveniles involved in the earlier incident had reportedly been heard making comments to the effect of wanting to “shoot up the school.”
Police said the juvenile was arrested and booked into Juvenile Hall on a felony charge of making criminal threats with the intent to terrorize.
The following were among additional arrests reported by Newman police from March 19-25.
Trisha R. Chaves, 27, of Empire, was arrested March 19 on a felony warrant out of Stanislaus Superior Court.
Brandon M. Perreira, 26, of Newman, was arrested March 19 on misdemeanor charges of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Feliciano Izquierdo, 58, of Newman, was arrested March 21 on a misdemeanor charge of driving on a license suspended for DUI.
Christopher M. Franze, 30, of Newman, was arrested March 21 on a felony warrant out of Stanislaus Superior Court.
Martin A. Araujo, 32, of Newman, was arrested March 23 on felony charges of failing to update annual registration as a sex offender, failing to register as a sex offender, and violating parole.
Valerye DeFehr, 18, of Newman, was arrested March 23 on a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license.
Eric A. Brown, 37, of Newman, was arrested March 23 on a misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended or revoked license.
Adrian Virelas Gaytan, 18, of Patterson, was arrested March 24 on a misdemeanor charge of driving on a license suspended for DUI.
Adrian D. Lujan, 26, of Newman, was arrested March 24 for misdemeanor DUI.
Johnathan M. Milo, 24, of Gustine, was arrested March 25 on misdemeanor charges of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Newman police received 75 calls for service, reported 98 officer-initiated incidents, handled 26 cases, made 20 arrests, issued 16 traffic citations, wrote 13 parking tickets and issued one animal-related citation from March 19-25, according to the department’s activity report.
Weekly arrest and incident reports are provided by the Newman and Gustine police departments. The report includes cases in which an individual was cited as well as incidents in which a suspect was booked. Charges may have been dropped as of press time. All suspects are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.