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CHP arrests suspects following pursuit

Authorities arrested two men Saturday after a 30-minute pursuit from Merced County into Ceres.

About 8:30 p.m., Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies and the California Highway Patrol joined a chase north on Highway 99 that started in Merced County, said sheriff's spokesman deputy Royjindar Singh.

The car took the North Golden State Boulevard exit and drove around Turlock and Keyes before getting back on the highway headed north. The car took the Hatch Road exit and authorities used a spike strip to stop it.

The driver got out and put his hands in the air, but, Singh said, refused to listen to orders. One officer fired a rubber ball from a "less than lethal" weapon, and struck the driver in the upper torso.

He began to cooperate several minutes later, Singh said. A second man put his hands up but refused to get out of the car, Singh said. Officials approached the car using a shield and took the man out.

In the vehicle, Singh said, officers found a replica gun and several beanie hats.

Authorities identified the driver as Manuel Gonzales, 21, of Keyes. The CHP arrested him on suspicion of evading police, driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license and several warrants. He is being held with bail of $263,500 at Stanislaus County Jail.

The passenger, Herber Mora, 20, of Modesto is being held at Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of criminal threats, throwing a substance from a vehicle with the intent to cause bodily injury and the alteration or imitation of a firearm. Mora's bail has been set at $50,000.

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