Afternoon Newsletter

February 25, 2013

Man arrested after pursuit with Gustine police

One man was taken into custody on suspicion of felony DUI and other charges after a 15 minute pursuit with Gustine police.

The incident was reported Friday just after 11 p.m.

Gustine police were dispatched to a Chevron parking lot at 430 First St. for a report of a drunk man standing in the vicinity of a pickup truck. No description of the subject or the vehicle was provided, according to Sgt. Jim Hamera.

A short period of time later, an officer saw a pickup at the intersection of First Avenue and Highway 33. The officer saw the truck accelerating eastbound on Highway 140. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle by turning on his emergency lights and siren, but the vehicle failed to stop and turned northbound on Hunt Road, accelerating to around 80 mph, Hamera said.

During the pursuit, Gustine police were assisted by Newman police. At times, the pursuit exceeded 100 mph, Hamera said. The pursuit ended when the driver, 29-year-old Juan Noguez Herrera, stopped in the area of Lander Avenue and Geer Road. As the vehicle stopped,

Herrera and his occupant got out and ran into an orchard.

An officer chased after Herrera and caught up to him about 200 yards into the orchard. Herrera was taken into custody after a short struggle.

Herrera was taken to the hospital for a blood draw, and subsequently taken to the Merced County Jail, where he was booked on suspicion of felony evading law enforcement, felony DUI, misdemeanor reckless driving and resisting.

-- Sun-Star staff

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