Suspect flees police after Modesto-to-Ceres chase

Ceres police are on the lookout for a man who rammed a squad car and led officers on a chase early this morning that began in Modesto and ended in Ceres, where the suspect was able to elude capture.

At 12:55 a.m., Ceres police were in downtown Modesto on another matter when they attempted to make a traffic stop on a white pickup truck with two people inside, according to Sgt. Dennis Perry of the Ceres Police Department.

The driver, identified by police as Brian Gomes, pulled his truck over. Seconds later, after police tried blocking his truck with one of their squad cars, Gomes took off, smashing the squad car.

Officers in both cars began following Gomes, along with another officer in the area, pursuing the onto southbound Highway 99. Gomes exited at Crows Landing Road and turned left on Hatch Road.

As they drove east on Hatch, Gomes, along with one of the officers, were forced to drive around an oncoming train just east of Jim Way. The pursuit continued to Mitchell and Fowler roads.

Gomes and his passenger, who police have not been able to identify, stopped the truck and fled near Fowler and Shushan Drive.

The area in and around the neighborhood was blocked off, but despite assistance from Modesto police officers and Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department deputies, the two suspects escaped.

Gomes is wanted in connection with felony assault on a police officer and several traffic violations.

Perry said if anyone has information on his whereabouts, they should contact Sgt. Patrick Sullivan at 538-5638